deliberate climate modification as a weapon
The US military has conducted experiments to alter the weather for several decades, and even boasts about efforts to "control the weather in 2020." An international treaty banning weather modification as a weapon of war was signed in 1976 -- so this is not a hypothetical technology that only exists in paranoid fantasies.
But it would be very misleading to suggest that deliberate weather modification is the primary source for some of the shifts in global climate. Some of the less-than-reliable websites and other new sources that promote a variety of other not-quite-real claims about political topics argue that weather technology is the culprit, not our use of toxic technologies to power the "American Way of Life" and its imitators around the world. (One prominent 9/11 "truth" activist told an affiliate of this website that there was no need to be concerned about climate change since the military controls the weather!)
The weather is changed through technology every time a car is turned on or a light bulb is connected to the power grid. While corporations and governments bear the largest responsibility for the problem, billions of individual actions need to shift, too.
Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2025
"The importance of precipitation modification is also likely to increase as usable water sources become more scarce in volatile parts of the world."
a note: Efforts to change the weather are real -- a famous example is the Chinese government seeding rain clouds to change rain patterns around the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. However, that does not mean that every claim for weather modification is plausible. Weather warfare research is a real threat, but it's unlikely that the claim that the HAARP antenna in Alaska is a primary culprit (see attached article below):
Weather Warfare: Beware the US military’s experiments with climatic warfare
‘Climatic warfare’ has been excluded from the agenda on climate change.
by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, December 7, 2007
The Ecologist, December 2007
"HAARP is a weapon of mass destruction, capable of destabilising agricultural and ecological systems globally."
"‘Climatic warfare’ potentially threatens the future of humanity, but has casually been excluded from the reports for which the IPCC received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize."
Selected excerpts of article
Rarely acknowledged in the debate on global climate change, the world’s weather can now be modified as part of a new generation of sophisticated electromagnetic weapons. Both the US and Russia have developed capabilities to manipulate the climate for military use.
Environmental modification techniques have been applied by the US military for more than half a century. US mathematician John von Neumann, in liaison with the US Department of Defense, started his research on weather modification in the late 1940s at the height of the Cold War and foresaw ‘forms of climatic warfare as yet unimagined’. During the Vietnam war, cloud-seeding techniques were used, starting in 1967 under Project Popeye, the objective of which was to prolong the monsoon season and block enemy supply routes along the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
The US military has developed advanced capabilities that enable it selectively to alter weather patterns. The technology, which is being perfected under the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), is an appendage of the Strategic Defense Initiative – ‘Star Wars’. From a military standpoint, HAARP is a weapon of mass destruction, operating from the outer atmosphere and capable of destabilising agricultural and ecological systems around the world.
While the substance of the 1977 Convention was reasserted in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) signed at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, debate on weather modification for military use has become a scientific taboo.
Military analysts are mute on the subject. Meteorologists are not investigating the matter and environmentalists are focused on greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol. Neither is the possibility of climatic or environmental manipulations as part of a military and intelligence agenda, while tacitly acknowledged, part of the broader debate on climate change under UN auspices.the US Air Force points to the unthinkable: the covert manipulation of weather patterns, communications and electric power systems as a weapon of global warfare, enabling the US to disrupt and dominate entire regions.
Weather manipulation is the pre-emptive weapon par excellence. It can be directed against enemy countries or ‘friendly nations’ without their knowledge, used to destabilise economies, ecosystems and agriculture. It can also trigger havoc in financial and commodity markets. The disruption in agriculture creates a greater dependency on food aid and imported grain staples from the US and other Western countries.
U.S. makes weather control powder
By BBC Science's Julian Siddle
A company in the United States claims it has invented a powder that can be used to remove clouds from the sky and even stop the development of hurricanes.
They say the new product could help many areas of the world that are subject to extreme weather conditions.
The Florida based company, Dyn-o-mat, used a military aircraft to drop four tonnes of its powder on to a developing storm cloud.
The cloud disappeared from radar screens, which were monitoring the experiment.
Officials from the company, which produces materials to absorb pollutants such as oil and acids, say they used a specially developed powder that absorbs large quantities of water.
The water is then turned into a gel before falling out of the sky.
The company says the gel is completely safe, bio-degradable, and breaks down in seawater - though they refuse to say exactly what is in it.
Among the applications that it envisages for the powder are clearing away clouds before sports fixtures and constraining the development hurricanes.
The company believes that a tightly controlled jet of the powder aimed at the hurricane would cut it into smaller pieces, making it far less threatening.
The US Government has already expressed interest in the new product, and the compny says it could be useful worldwide.
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