China is massively expanding its weather-modification program, saying it will be able to cover half the country in artificial rain and snow by 2025
by Bill Bostock
China’s government has announced that it is expanding its weather-control project, which creates artificial rain and snow, by fivefold.
- The State Council said Tuesday the project will soon cover 2.1 million square miles and be ready by 2025. That is about 56% of China’s entire surface area.
- China is one of dozens of countries using “cloud seeding” to try and manufacture good weather conditions for crops or to prevent natural disasters.
- “Cloud seeding” involves spraying chemicals like silver iodide or liquid nitrogen into clouds, where water droplets condense and fall.
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Dozens of other countries — including the US — also have such programs, but Beijing has the world’s largest, employing around 35,000 people, The Guardian reported.