I just heard a story on NPR about how Beijing is preparing for next year's Olympic Games. (slated to start one year from today- 08.08.08 at 8:08 p.m.)
The thing that piqued my interest (and concern!) was the fact that they apparently planning on seeding all clouds in the region with silver nitride to cause them to empty before reaching venues.
I didn't know this was possible, but find it to be very disturbing. I'm going to have to do some research, but this has to have some unhappy environmental consequences, right? And if not, why don't the powers that be (worldwide) seed clouds to make them dump in more desirable places (like corn fields) and less in undesirable places (like beaches?)
If it's really that easy, it seems like just the sort of insipid and manipulative thing in which governments should take part on a regular basis.
So, who can tell me about silver nitride cloud seeding before I have to go look it up?