Climate change: CERN is to investigate the climate

Besides the Large Hadron Collider project (see "Technology"), CERN is at the forefront of a wide range of other projects including one designed to investigate the influence of galactic cosmic rays on the Earth's clouds and climate: for the first time, a high-energy physics accelerator will be used for atmospheric and climate science. The CERN project known as CLOUD will be conducted over a period of several years in collaboration with 18 institutes in 9 countries in Europe, the US and Russia and initial results will be available in summer 2007.