oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Legal aspects of weather modification
|Article Title||Legal aspects of weather modification|
|© Publisher:||Institute of Foreign and Comparative Law|
|Journal||Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa|
|Affiliations||1 Public Law, University of Stellenbosch*; Private Law, University of Stellenbosch**|
|Publication Date||Jul 1990|
|Pages||177 - 218|
|Keyword(s)||Climate modification, Delictual liability, Environmental impact assessment, Environmental modification, International property law, Precipitation, South Africa, Water Act, Weather modification, Weather modification legislation and Weather modification policy|
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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