Washington Post
| by Maddie Stone

A June 8 Washington Post article cited research by Jim Fleming, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society. The article, titled “New bill would prohibit the president from nuking a hurricane,” mentioned Fleming’s book “Fixing the Sky: The checkered history of weather and climate control,” and says that the idea of “nuking the weather into submission is nothing new,” to which Fleming added, “people have been discussing the possibility for almost as long as nuclear weapons have existed.”

The article also mentioned Operation Argus, “a 1958 field test in which the military and the Atomic Energy Commission detonated atomic bombs more than 100 miles above the South Atlantic Ocean in an ill-conceived effort to induce artificial radiation belts in Earth’s magnetic field. According to Fleming, the Argus tests, along with subsequent high-altitude nuclear detonations, helped ‘fuel discussions’ leading to the Partial Test Ban Treaty of 1963, which prohibits atmospheric nuclear weapons tests.”

A PDF of the article is available here.
Fleming’s book was also noted in an article in The Morning Brew, The Essentials, Issue #28: Nuke a hurricane, which said, “If you are really interested in the topic [of nukes and hurricanes] read a book called Fixing the Sky that charts humanity’s attempts to control the weather through engineering.”
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