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Topic Reading-Vol.3165-12/10/2020

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China to expand weather modification program to cover area larger than India

Climate engineering, or geoengineering, is the deliberate large-scale intervention in the Earth’s natural systems to counteract climate change, such as solar radiation management, carbon dioxide removal, and precipitation enhancement. It is sometimes viewed as a potential option for limiting climate change or its impacts.

China suffers from both natural disasters and the effects of climate change. The country also emits a lot of greenhouse gasses, which further affect the climate. Therefore, it has been quite eager to try to control the weather to reduce such climate impacts, stabilize agricultural production, and parade under the clear sky. Recently, China announced plans to increase precipitation by artificial rain and snowfall over the next five years in an area 50% larger than the total size of India. The climate engineering project includes a technology called “cloud seeding,” which is to inject silver iodide into clouds with moisture to cause precipitation.

While China seems eager to tackle the impacts of climate change by deploying large-scale geoengineering techniques, scientists and neighboring countries are worried about the side effects on peripheral territories.

As global warming progresses, the weather is becoming more unpredictable.

Enjoy reading the article and learn about China’s bold attempts to control the weather.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/12/03/asia/china-weather-modification-cloud-seeding-intl-hnk/index.html

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