July 16, 2023 | ZeroGeoengineering.com | Article provides analysis of Australian weather modification by cloud seeding including legal and policy frameworks related to governance. The report states, “over the last 70 years, Australia has played a leading role in cloud seeding research and development.”
The conclusion draws attention to the lack of public consent and liability issues for weather modification:
” …cloud seeding laws do not provide for the procedural rights of the local communities, including access to information, public participation and access to justice. Where they exist, statutory immunity provisions raise questions of accountability, especially for individuals and industries who may be adversely affected. Some of these drawbacks patently conflict with principles of good governance so that a revision of cloud seeding frameworks is mandated.”
Simon, Manon; Brent, K; McDonald, Janet; McGee, Jeffrey (2020). Enhancing the weather: governance of weather modification activities in Australia. University Of Tasmania. Journal contribution. https://hdl.handle.net/102.100.100/22993361.v1
This article provides a contemporary analysis of the weather modification governance in Australia and assesses the extent to which legal and policy frameworks meet future governance challenges. We analyse the cloud seeding experience in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania, and identify common features in their governance arrangements. We then point out gaps in current regulatory frameworks and call for a reconsideration of cloud seeding governance in Australia.