Table of Contents

Climate Engineering

Spring 2017


The infrastructure challenge; Advancing clean energy; Electric vehicle prospects; Putting technology to work; Watch what you write; The philosopher’s view; Technocracy Chinese style.

From the Hill

Matt Hourihan, David Parkes

Trump administration outlines budget shake-up.

Perspective: Algorithm of the Enlightenment

Ed Finn

Perspective: It’s Not a War on Science

Clark A. Miller

Perspective: Does This Pro-science Party Deserve Our Votes?

Steve Fuller

Toward a More Diverse Research Community: Models of Success

Freeman A. Hrabowski III, Peter H. Henderson

A forward-looking group of colleges and universities are demonstrating effective ways to educate underrepresented minorities for careers in science and engineering.

Give Bats a Break

Merlin D. Tuttle

Scientific studies of viruses in bats are unlikely to contribute substantially to human health, but they may be threatening the future of bats.

Are Moonshots Giant Leaps of Faith?

Walter D. Valdivia

Many unanswered questions remain about the value of rapid increases in federal support for specific areas of R&D, but some useful lessons are emerging.

Notes from a Revolution: Lessons from the Human Genome Project

Aristides Patrinos, Charles DeLisi, David J. Galas

A critical scientific effort that almost didn’t happen illustrates the need for a rigorous process to evaluate large-scale transformative research proposals.

Toward a Responsible Solar Geoengineering Research Program

David W. Keith

The seriousness of the risks posed by climate change demands that we examine all possible means of response, but how we do so makes all the difference.

Coordinated Action Against Climate Change: A New World Symphony

Jane C. S. Long

A systems approach begins with limiting greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to unavoidable climate disruptions, while researching the feasibility and governability of geoengineering.

Climate Change is a Waste Management Problem

Klaus S. Lackner, Christophe Jospe

Reframing our understanding of carbon dioxide emissions can help clear the path for practical approaches to reducing carbon in the atmosphere.

Book Review: Confronting the Crisis in Higher Ed

Carol Christ

MOOCs: High Technology and Higher Learning
, by 
Robert A. Rhoads
, and
Revolution in Higher Education: How a Small Band of Innovators Will Make College Accessible and Affordable
, by 
Richard A. DeMillo

Book Review: The Little Match’s Momentous Legacy

William Lanouette

The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age
, by 
Gino Segrè and Bettina Hoerlin.