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"Artificial weather technologies do not currently exist. But as they are developed, the importance of their potential applications rises rapidly."
(Geneva: 18 May 1977, Entered into force: 5 October 1978) prohibits "widespread, long-lasting or severe effects as the means of destruction, damage or injury". However it has been argued that this permits "local, non-permanent changes".
As for the "absolute weapon," it goes about the systems that could, for example, cause natural disasters. This is tectonic (geophysical) and climatic weapon. Reportedly, scientists have been developing such weapons for a long time already. Rumor has it that the new weapons have even been tested. For example, in the summer of 2010, when the European part of Russia was suffocating from anomalous heat, smog and wildfires, it was rumored that it was the Americans who tested the climatic weapons and caused the disaster.
The Government has declared an official state of drought in parts of eastern England after the country experienced the driest spring on record.
In its latest monthly summary on UK rainfall, river and water levels published today, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) said that a substantial proportion of eastern England saw less than a fifth of the normal levels of rainfall in May.
It's an interesting question: could weather modification, as a weapon, be used to bring a global population to it's knees?
Originally posted by luxordelphi
reply to post by R6A6W6
Brain: very interesting. This sounds like the 'woodpecker' event. Is it or was that another instance? It makes sense with the Russian claims of already having the technology in place back then and of their offer some years later (precipitated by we don't know what) to share and move forward together.
So currently, as per your OP, the weather that all areas are experiencing could actually be a result of squabbles between governments, each using their own version of ionospheric heating to impact on the weather of the other. Instead of dropping nuclear bombs on each other, they create drought, floods, tornados etc. Petty as it sounds, I can see it.