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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Egypt considers using rain-maximising technology

Egypt may use cloud seeding (a technique that involves infusing cloud with chemicals to increase water condensation) to provide a new source of water,the people at the Meteorological Authority suggest, according to a report in Ahram Online. That’s right: Cloud seeding. Not desalination. Not water conservation. Not “fix relations with the Nile Basin countries.” Cloud seeding. Perhaps the Met could stick to predicting the weather and not making policy? Maybe someone could forward them a link to Scientific American’s piece from 2009 after China announced it was controlling the weather through cloud seeding. One of the things to emerge: Cloud seeding doesn’t work when you’re effectively in drought. If it did, perhaps places like California would be using it today? There’s a reason it ain’t rainin’ in Cairo, folks.

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