oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Legal aspects of weather modification

Volume 23, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



In this exploratory article it was sought to show that the legal aspects of weather modification are of topical interest in southern Africa. Weather modification has been governed by the South African Water Act since 1972, and a system of administrative control has been established through licensing and criminal sanction. In property law weather modification involves problems regarding rights to clouds, air and precipitation. Weather modification activities also involve potential delictual liability for property damage or nuisance; and proof of causation is the most important problem facing a plaintiff Weather modification also has implications for international law , and a comprehensive international treaty on the subject is desirable.

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