CA: Alameda city council votes to end controversial cloud-brightening research

Source: SFGate

“Alameda’s city council voted this week to permanently halt research being conducted onboard one of the city’s decommissioned naval ships. The project, led by the University of Washington, involved scientists using specialized machines to spray sea salt particles into the air above the USS Hornet. The research was part of a larger push toward someday using salt particles to brighten low-lying clouds, thereby reflecting enough sunlight away from the Earth to decrease the warming effects of climate change. Last month, Alameda ordered researchers to stop the project on the basis that it violated the city’s lease with the USS Hornet. The city then hired biological and hazardous material consultants to evaluate the experiment. The consultants concluded that it presented no measurable risk to the health of the surrounding community or environment.” (06/09/24)