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Enhancing the weather: governance of weather modification activities of the United States


Simon, M, Enhancing the weather: governance of weather modification activities of the United States, William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, 46, (1) pp. 149-216. ISSN 1091-9724 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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In the context of climate change, weather modification by cloud seeding, and in particular, precipitation enhancement techniques, has gained a renewed attention from governments. In the United States, several states run weather modification programs to secure freshwater resources and increase both crop and hydroelectricity production. Weather modification techniques were developed post–World War II, and so were the legal arrangements that govern them. Since then, weather modification law has undergone little to no reform. California and Texas are two active users of cloud-seeding technologies but employ very different governance frameworks. This Article assesses the effectiveness of weather modification governance in these two states and argues that reforms are needed to align weather modification legal regimes to principles of environmental governance.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cloud seeding, weather modification, environmental law, governance
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Law reform
UTAS Author:Simon, M (Miss Manon Simon)
ID Code:149458
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2022-03-31
Last Modified:2022-04-22

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