15 Apr '11, 4am

"Why we need a debate about #Geoengineering governance now" - Jochen Prantl

"Why we need a debate about #Geoengineering governance now" - Jochen Prantl

The destructive potential of cloud seeding generated significant interest on the military side to test the weaponisation of the technology. At the same time, the fear of lawsuits as a result of unanticipated side effects from cloud seeding experiments forced General Electric to later transfer the programme to the military where it was developed further. As Victor et al. (2009:66) have observed: ‘By the late 1940s, both the United States and the Soviet Union had begun exploring strategies for modifying the weather to gain battlefield advantage’. The Cold War zeitgeist of applying weather modification means to achieve military ends is perhaps best captured by General George C. Kenney of the US Strategic Air Command, who asserted in 1947 that ‘[t]he nation that first learns to plot the paths of air masses accurately and learns to control the time and place of precipitation wi...

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