China weather control project builds thousands of rainmakers
CHINA has built a chain of man-made island fortresses. So why not manipulate the weather afterwards? Beijing has launched a huge engineering project to turn the rain off and on again.
IT has the money. He has the manpower. He has the political will.
China is about to change the weather.
According to Chinese media reports, the state-owned Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation of China has started to materialize such a plan.
He begins to work on the production of thousands of rain machines. These will be scattered over the Tibetan Himalayan plateau.
Each machine is supposed to be able to seed the sky so as to produce a storm cloud 5 km long on demand. Together, the weather network is intended to irrigate 1.6 million square kilometers with 10 billion cubic centimeters of water each year. That’s about the size of New South Wales and Victoria combined.
They have already done it, on a smaller scale.
For the 2008 Beijing Olympics, $ 40 million was spent to shoot chemical pellets into the clouds. This caused the clouds to rain early, before they could erupt over the games.
Now Beijing is expanding the idea.
The project consists of activating pre-positioned machines to project a fine dust of silver iodide into the sky. The machines are positioned next to known updrafts, lifting particles high into the atmosphere.
Once among the wettest drafts, the fine grains cause the water to condense on themselves. So the raindrops are sown. And clouds are forming where there would have been none.
The reason ? Climate change results in decreased precipitation on vital cropland.
For the same reason, some 52 countries are exploring similar technologies. But none on a scale far approaching that of this new Chinese project.
The mountains of Tibet are where much of China’s water already comes from. The Yangtze, Mekong and Yellow rivers all originate from melting glaciers and snowfall from the plateau.
But such a project is likely to have spinoffs.
In particular, much of the rains that would once have fallen in Pakistan, India and Nepal may not reach so far.