IT has the money. It has the manpower. It has the political will.
China is setting forth to change the weather.
According to Chinese media, the state-owned Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation of China has begun to turn just such a plan into reality.
It’s starting work on producing thousands of rainmaking machines. These will be scattered across the Himalayan Tibetan Plateau.
Each machine is supposed to be able to seed the sky in such a way as to produce a 5km-long storm-cloud on-demand. Put together, the weather-making array is intended to irrigate 1.6 million square kilometres with 10 billion cubic centimetres of water each year. That’s about the size of New South Wales and Victoria combined.
They’ve done it before, on a smaller scale.
For the 2008 Beijing Olympics, $40 million was spent firing chemical pellets into the clouds. This compelled the clouds to rain early, before they could burst above the games.