Queensland and royal technology

9 08 2010

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that a “rain-making method developed by Thai king Bhumipol Adulyadej is set to aid Queensland in battles with drought after an agreement between the state government and the Thai royal household.” PPT realizes that Queensland has a long history of odd thinking on a range matters. Sorry Queenslanders, but look back at the long tenure of Joh Bjelke Petersen…. For Joh lovers, read no further.

Apparently the Queensland government approached the royal household last year. The report says, neglecting recent collapse of the “technology” in Tanzania due to enormous costs, erroneously states that “Queensland is set to be the first major region outside Thailand where the rain-making technology will be put into full effect.”

Soothiporn Jitmittraparp, secretary general of the National Research Council of Thailand, is reported to have claimed that “similarities in topography in Thailand and Queensland would be beneficial to the success of the project.” He’s just trying desperately to get some other place to sign up to the technology so that the huge investment in Thailand can get some external “support.”

The report makes this statement: “In Thailand, the cloud-seeding method has been applied in the largely drought-affected north-east of the country as well as boosting water volume in dams and reservoirs and aiding reforestation programs.” PPT would love to see independent verification of such claims. As far as we know, there are none.

Then it adds “technique was recognised in 2005 and covered by patents in 30 European countries.” As PPT has previously noted, the important thing about the patent is to actually read it.  For readers interested in this rain-making patent, begin here and look at the patent no. EP1491088 here. To be honest, the patent application makes pitiful reading. Patents do not necessarily constitute evidence of a scientific breakthrough and tehre are plenty of crazy patents.

Cloud-seeding has been around for years and reputable scientific organizations have assessed it over the decades. Google results for Australia’s CSIRO, for example, and decide if there is any merit to cloud-seeding.

PPT can’t understand why the Queensland government would consult Thai rainmakers when the CSIRO has decades of experience.



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