Saturday 20 January 2018

CIA fears enemy will gain control of the weather

A lone car drives over the Zakim Bridge in Boston after a storm brought a new round of wind-whipped snow as people contended with a fourth winter onslaught in less than a month. Photo: AP Photo/Michael Dwyer
A lone car drives over the Zakim Bridge in Boston after a storm brought a new round of wind-whipped snow as people contended with a fourth winter onslaught in less than a month. Photo: AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

Steve Connor

The CIA is worried that a foreign power may develop the ability to manipulate the global climate in a way that cannot be detected, a leading climatologist has claimed.

Consultants working for the US Central Intelligence Agency asked Professor Alan Robock of Rutgers University in New Jersey whether it would be possible for a nation to meddle with the climate without being discovered, he said.

"I got a phone call from two men who said we work as consultants for the CIA and we'd like to know if some other country was controlling our climate, would we know about it," Professor Robock said.

"I told them after thinking a little bit we probably would because if you put enough material in the atmosphere to reflect sunlight, we would be able to detect it and see the equipment that was putting it up there," he said. "At the same time, I thought they were probably also interested in if we could control somebody else's climate, could they detect it." (© Independent News Service)

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