In the article “Can a Giant Laser Control the Weather” the writer explains that Switzerland is trying something new, but similar to what Ben Franklin did with the key and a kite in a thunderstorm. But what they use is high tech and this high tech happens to be a giant laser. With the laser, they are trying to make it into an enormous lightning rod. It was explained by the researchers that the laser will catch bolts of lightning and direct them to the ground safely. But makes scientists think that the laser will cause extra strikes by mimicking the electric process that causes lightning rods. The reason they’re doing this is because of climate change and it causes more lightning strikes.
Because of that, studies have shown that lightning strikes kill 6,000 to 24,000 people every year globally. Not only that, but lightning also costs the U.S billions of dollars in destruction to air traffic and power lines every year. It also causes worldwide damage to electronics and fractures. So with the laser, they can be placed at airports and other heavily impacted areas if the experiment works.