Jeff Goodell was born and raised in Silicon Valley, where his family lived for four generations. Since 1996, he has been a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, where he’s written about a variety of subjects — from hookers and politicians to climate scientists and Internet billionaires. In 2001, Goodell wrote a story about the comeback of the U.S. coal industry for The New York Times Magazine, which indirectly led to his third and fourth books about miners and the coal industry. To research How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth's Climate, he spent several years with some of the world's top climate modelers, as well as Cold War physicists, philosophers, politicians and entrepreneurs — all of whom are involved with the development of new technologies that might someday be used to manipulate the earth's climate to reduce the risks associated with global warming. How to Cool the Planet won the 2011 Grantham Prize Award of Special Merit, cited as an "immensely readable, carefully researched and groundbreaking contribution to the literature on climate change."