The Queensland Premier, Peter Beattie, yesterday announced that $7.6 million will be provided over four years to evaluate the effectiveness of cloud seeding in increasing rainfall in Queensland, Australia.
Mr Beattie said beginning next year (2007) a pilot project would be conducted in south-east Queensland using new “warm cloud” seeding processes.
The pilot project will be in collaboration with the Bureau of Meteorology and the United States National Centre for Atmospheric Research.
Interestingly China already has a $50 million a year weather-modification program with the aim of increasing rainfall by up to 15 percent.
Indeed when the Chinese government’s 11th Five Year Plan kicked off earlier this year it included provision for the creation of 48 billion to 60 billion cubic meters of artificial rain annually. How many gigalitres is that?
So what about techno-fixes for global warming too? We could fertilize the ocean making more algae which sequester carbon? We could put sulfur particles into the stratosphere to cool the earth?
I can hear an environmental fundamentalists shout, “DON’T MESS with the climate!” But we already have?