Attempts to ‘tame the sky’ come with risks: academic

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 08, 2019
By: Lin Chia-nan  /  Staff reporter

“Taming the sky” is a strategy used by China and other authoritarian states to tackle climate change, but

National Taiwan University geography professor Chien Shiuh-shen, right, presents his research findings concerning weather modification at the Ministry of Science and Technology in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Chien Hui-ju, Taipei Times

excessive weather modification has far-reaching implications and can lead to international conflicts, an academic said yesterday

Chien Shiuh-shen (簡旭伸), a professor of geography at National Taiwan University who specializes in environmental sustainability and climate engineering politics, shared his studies on global weather modification at a news conference at the Ministry of Science and Technology in Taipei.

Weather modification practices include preventing or increasing rain and snowfall, and dispersing fog and suppressing hail, Chien said.

A number of scientists have raised concern about the consequences of such practices, given weather systems recognize no borders, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said.

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