A cloud-seeding company Hydro Tasmania performed the seeding over the Derwent River watershed a day before the widespread flooding, caused by intense rainstorms, began on June 6, 2016. According to Premier Will Hodgman, the Energy Minister Matthew Groom is looking for an explanation as to why the seeding was authorized despite the heavy rainfalls already forecast.
Cloud seeding is a process of changing the amounts or types of precipitation by adding substances into the air that act in support of cloud condensation or ice nuclei, altering the microphysical processes occurring within the clouds.
– Tasmania Extends Ban on GM Crops Indefinitely (Sustainable Pulse, Jan 9, 2014):
In a victory for the GMO Free movement in Australia the Tasmanian Government announced Thursday that it has extended the state’s ban on genetically modified crops and animals indefinitely.
Tasmania, the only state in Australia that has a blanket ban on GM crops, has been GMO free since 2001, however the moratorium was set to end in November 2014.
Following a very clear consultation process with local farming and environmental groups, the Tasmanian government decided to announce Thursday that it would continue to protect Tasmania’s clean and green brand by extending the ban indefinitely.