CHINA IS NOW USING ARTIFICIAL RAIN AND SNOW TO WORK ON AN AREA EQUAL TO INDIA’S

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December 10, 2020 : China has announced this week that it will expand its research program on artificial weather.
It will now cover an area of ​​5.5 million square kilometers, or 1.5 times larger than India. According to a statement from the Chinese State Council, China will have set up a “weather modification system” by 2025.
This means that in the next five years, it will be able to create artificial rain or snow in an area of ​​up to 5.5 million square kilometers, while hail control technology will be installed in 580,000 square kilometers.
An official statement said the program would help alleviate natural disasters, boost agricultural production and help respond to forest fires. It can also prevent drought and drought at higher temperatures.
China has been pursuing climate control efforts to save the region for many years. For example, to keep the skies clear at major events in 2008, China used artificial clouds before the Beijing Olympics to reduce haze and prevent rain during the Games.

Thus, even during important political meetings in the capital, Beijing, the sky is kept clear for beautiful weather through this system, and nearby industries are also closed at that time. The concept of creating artificial clouds in the sky and making them rain came decades ago. A very small amount of silver iodide is added to the cloud with a lot of moisture. Due to this new substance, the cloud gets heavier quickly and falls to the ground as rain.

An earlier study, funded by the US National Foundation, found that artificial clouds could cause snowfall even in large areas if they had favorable environmental conditions. But the process is still considered uncertain. However, China has been investing heavily in climate change technology for years.

Between 2012 and 2017 alone, China spent ३ 1.34 billion on various modern weather programs. According to the Xinhua news agency, the artificial weather system last year saved 70 percent of the damage caused by hailstorms in China’s western region of Xinjiang.

Not only China but many countries including the United States have been adopting this kind of technology lately. But neighboring India is worried about China’s growing enthusiasm, with farmers relying heavily on water. And in the last few years, climate change has become a major obstacle for them.
Although Beijing is limiting its artificial weather correction system to domestic ones, experts warn that the effects could be felt outside the border. Last year, researchers at the National Taiwan University said that without proper co-operation in climate change activities, it could lead to accusations of “rain theft” from neighbors, which could make the project controversial.
Although artificial climate change systems can mitigate some of the negative effects of climate change, environmentalists are concerned that it could have far-reaching consequences. CNN

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