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UnDisciplined: We might be able to engineer our way out of global warming. But should we?

Kevin Gill from Nashua, NH, United States
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At some point, it is possible that a nation suffering from the extreme effects of climate warming might decide to do something drastic — taking relatively simple steps that could change the entire global atmosphere. It wouldn’t even be that hard. And right now, there’s not much to stop it from happening, so Ben Kravitz says the the world needs to be prepared.

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Matthew LaPlante has reported on ritual infanticide in Northern Africa, insurgent warfare in the Middle East, the legacy of genocide in Southeast Asia, and gang violence in Central America. But a few years back, something donned on him: Maybe the news doesn't have to be brutally depressing all the time. Today, he balances his continuing work on more heartbreaking subjects by writing books about the intersection of science, human health and society, including the New York Times best-selling <i>Lifespan</i> with geneticist David Sinclair and the Nautilus Award-winning <i>Longevity Plan</i> with cardiologist John Day. His first solo book, <i>Superlative</i>, looks at what scientists are learning by studying organisms that have evolved in record-setting ways, and his is currently at work on another book about embracing the inevitability of human-caused climate change with an optimistic outlook on the future.<br/>