17.03.2021

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The Times: Parched UAE pins hopes on cloud-busting drones

"British researchers are exploring ways to make rain in the parched climate of the Gulf by using drones that can fire electricity into clouds."

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07.12.2020

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The Guardian: China plans rapid expansion of 'weather modification' efforts

"Ambition to cover area more than one and a half times size of India likely to concern country’s neighbours."

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30.09.2019

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Branch, O.; et al. (2019): Deliberate enhancement of rainfall using desert plantations

Branch, Oliver; Wulfmeyer, Volker (2019): Deliberate enhancement of rainfall using desert plantations. In: PNAS 116 (38), S. 18841–18847. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1904754116.

"We have demonstrated that large plantations do enhance rainfall in arid regions and identified the underlying process chain. By using this knowledge we have developed a global index to assess which deserts are most favorable for weather modification and discuss how rainfall impacts can be intensified using agricultural methods."

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05.09.2019

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AlphaGalileo: Countering the climate crisis: Plantations capture CO2 and bring rain to desert

"Gegen die Klimakrise: Plantagen binden CO2 und bringen Regen in die Wüste"

German article on weather modification.

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08.04.2019

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Interesting Engineering: Can Humans Manipulate the Weather?

"James Rodger Fleming says, “Human Hubris is almost universal. There’s this perennial desire to control.” And if we were to believe anyone, it should be Fleming because he literally wrote an entire book on the subject of weather manipulation in 2010."

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15.11.2018

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ETC Group: China’s Plan to Seed Himalayan Clouds Is Geoengineering – Unintentional or Otherwise

"A massive weather modification network – the largest ever — is being planned for the Tibetan Plateau. The plan, according to recent reports, is to cover an area of the size of Spain with thousands of fuel burning chambers (roughly akin to upside-down rockets) to blast silver iodide into the atmosphere, stimulating cloud formation and precipitation."

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30.09.2018

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CNN: Drought woes? This tech can literally make it rain

"North Dakota-based Weather Modification International uses planes to target clouds and draw out more rain from them. The concept, called cloud seeding, has been around for decades. But there is new urgency due to climate change and a rapidly growing global population, which have disrupted global water supplies."

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13.09.2018

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EcoWatch: UK Could Become ‘Net Zero by 2050’ Using Negative Emissions

"The UK could cut its emissions to "net-zero" within the next three decades by stepping up investment into technologies that can remove CO2 from the atmosphere, a report finds."

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27.08.2018

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The Guardian: 'Rain dancing 2.0': should humans be using tech to control the weather?

"The devices are being blamed for causing a drought during months when farmers near the German carmaker’s plant in Puebla expected plenty of rain."

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13.08.2018

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Heyen, D.; et al. (2018): Strategic implications of counter-geoengineering

Heyen, D.; Horton, J.; Moreno C. (2018): Strategic implications of counter-geoengineering. Clash or cooperation. Munich: CESifo Center for Economic Studies & Ifo Institute (CESifo working paper Category 10, Energy and climate economics, no. 7180). Online verfügbar unter http://www.cesifo-group.de/ifoHome/publications/docbase/DocBase_Content/WP/WP-CESifo_Working_Papers/wp-cesifo-2018/wp-cesifo-2018-07/12012018007180.html.

"We analyze whether the threat of counter-geoengineering technologies capable of negating the climatic effects of solar geoengineering can overcome the free-driver problem and tilt the game in favor of international cooperation. Our game-theoretical model of asymmetric countries allows for a rigorous analysis of the strategic interaction surrounding solar geoengineering and counter-geoengineering. "

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