10.05.2021

# New Publications

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Harrison, R. Giles; et al. (2021): Demonstration of a Remotely Piloted Atmospheric Measurement and Charge Release Platform for Geoengineering

Harrison, R. Giles; Nicoll, Keri A.; Tilley, Douglas J.; Marlton, Graeme J.; Chindea, Stefan; Dingley, Gavin P. et al. (2021): Demonstration of a Remotely Piloted Atmospheric Measurement and Charge Release Platform for Geoengineering. In Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 38 (1), pp. 63–75. DOI: 10.1175/JTECH-D-20-0092.1.

"Electric charge is always present in the lower atmosphere. If droplets or aerosols become charged, their behavior changes, influencing collision, evaporation, and deposition. Artificial charge release is an unexplored potential geoengineering technique for modifying fogs, clouds, and rainfall. Central to evaluating these processes experimentally in the atmosphere is establishing an effective method for charge delivery."

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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

# New Publications

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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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