Geoengineering Earth's Climate

Resetting the Thermostat

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Most scientists agree that Earth is warming rapidly. Glaciers are melting and rising seawaters are submerging islands and coastal cities. In the coming decades, millions will likely have to escape extreme weather caused by climate change.

Some scientists say we need to act faster and with radical new technologies—now—to save our planet. They propose geoengineering, or “engineering Earth,” to reset our global thermostat. Ideas include thickening clouds with chemicals to reduce the amount of sunlight and pulling carbon dioxide from the air with machines. However, critics say that geoengineering could backfire and create even worse weather. Is geoengineering too risky? Or is it our best hope of survival?

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Science, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Earth Science
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 96
Publication Date 2017-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 11.4
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN050070, YAN050080
Dewey 551.68
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1140
ATOS Reading Level 8.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 190015
Accelerated Reader® Points 3.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, and Source notes

Author: Jennifer Swanson

Jennifer Swanson began her writing career at the age of five when she wrote and illustrated books for her kindergarten class. A self-professed science geek, Jennifer started a science club in her garage at the age of 7. She used to gather leaves and flowers and look at them under a microscope. Much to her mother's dismay, her prize possession was a cow skull that she found in a field down by the river. Her love of science continues to this day as when she is not writing, she loves to go out and notice the science all around her. Jennifer lives in Jacksonville with her husband and two dogs. Learn more about Jennifer at her website:


  • Green Earth Book Award Honor Book, Runner-up, 2018


School Library Journal

“Researchers will appreciate this sobering, weighty overview of an important and controversial topic.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“[A] good starting place for teen readers and researchers on a critical issue.”—Kirkus Reviews