Cloud lovers will be proud to hear that our fluffy friends may soon be helping to slow down global warming.
Scientists are working on an ingenious plan to restore cloud cover in semi-arid regions, like West Africa, by harvesting rainwater and using it to increase soil moisture.
Combined with selective tree-planting, it is hoped this will encourage clouds to form naturally, helping to both reflect direct heat from the sun and also carry heat from the earth and radiate it out to space.
There could be many other positive side-effects for the local population, including improved agriculture and forestry and reduced flooding.
Visit the Global Cooling Project website if you want to learn more.
If you are a graphic designer, you may be able to offer some practical help. The project is looking for someone to design a logo for visiting cards and letterheads, possibly including stratus and/or cumulonimbus clouds over land. Email Ray Taylor (ray [at] andy-taylor.org) for more information or use the contact form on his website (see above).