By: April Carson
According to a new study, China has been successful in altering the weather.
The researchers also claim that during the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party's opening in July, weather authorities were successful in altering the weather over Beijing to clear the sky and reduce pollution for tens of thousands who gathered in Tiananmen Square for a commemorative ceremony.
They did so by employing cloud seeding technology, a long-studied but contentious technique that involves firing silver iodide particles into the clouds in order to attract water droplets and modify the weather.
The paper, published by researchers at China's Tsinghua University, comes a year after reports that China was dramatically expanding its weather modification program to an area of 5.5 million square miles by 2025. That's bigger than the entire country of India and might lead to serious issues with China's neighbors, according to Futurism last December.
Although this isn't the first time China has utilized cloud-seeding technology — it's been experimenting since at least the months leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics — this appears to be both one of the most successful and also broadest-scale tests conducted not just by the CCP, but in history.
It was also kept quiet, and one portion of the Tsinghua researchers' paper focused on the proof they discovered that cloud seeding had occurred, including eye witness reports of rockets being launched into the sky from the mountains outside of Beijing just before July 1, and stories of rocket debris afterwards.
According to the SCMP, there were a number of hurdles that weather officials had to overcome in order for the change in weather to succeed. Beijing's air pollution, according to the study, was "particularly severe" and it was China's wettest summer on record. Nonetheless, pollution levels in Beijing appear to have improved significantly during the day on July 1, with experts claiming that the mid-day rain was indeed manmade.
Although other nations and parts of the US have attempted to employ cloud seeding techniques in an attempt to alter the weather, professional Chinese worriers are concerned that the CCP might misuse it for nefarious military purposes, despite numerous attempts by the US military to induce rain since 1967.
However, the success and scale of this Beijing operation raises significant concerns about military usage of the technology. If one nation is able to control its own weather, it may do so elsewhere; which is worrisome news for individuals who are not interested in perpetual conflicts.
Furthermore, while cloud seeding is frequently presented as a potential solution for future megadroughts, the technique hasn't been effective for long enough to determine how it influences natural weather patterns, much alone its role in climate change.
For the time being, though, let's just marvel at the fact that it now appears to be feasible to simply rain on demand.
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