Weather modification (spanning nearly a century) to “control” the weather is causing devastating weather extremes and climate damage around the world. Cloud seeding, weather modification, and other geoengineering activities are not distinguishable from environmental warfare and urgently need regulatory oversight and prohibition. -ZG
“When Americans tune in to NBC to watch the Beijing Olympics next week, they could see some of the bluest skies and whitest slopes the Winter Games has ever known.
China, after all, will make sure of it.
In keeping with tradition at the last few Games, China is already turning millions of gallons of water into fake snow. But weather interventions take on a more cosmic cast. The government could step in to try to create rain, disperse storms and even turn the sky blue. “The Truman Show” may have nothing on the Beijing Organizing Committee.
The country has long attempted to modify the weather through cloud-seeding, a process of trying to stimulate rainfall by firing silver iodide-filled shells and rockets into clouds. Tens of thousands of people work for the Beijing Weather Modification Office and other provincial counterparts. Over the years, they’ve been tasked with firing rockets to negate sandstorms, reduce hailstorms and relieve drought.
But over the past 14 months China has been ramping up its program to levels seldom seen, either there or around the world. In December 2020, government officials announced a major expansion, setting as its goal triggering rain over more than two million square miles — an area larger than 187 of the world’s countries. The program officially launched last month.
These efforts could have major consequences for both China’s 1.4 billion people and neighbors like Myanmar, India, and Nepal, raising a kind of ethical-meteorological tension between national sovereignty and global responsibility.
Or, in lay terms: does a country have a right to shape the weather?
“I think what we’ve seen from China — and what we’re going to see from China — is weather-modifying technology that’s used more often and more aggressively and more unilaterally, and the truth is we really don’t know what that means for various ecosystems,” said Dhanasree Jayaram, a professor in the geopolitics and international relations department of India’s Manipal Academy of Higher Education who has researched Chinese weather modification. “The one thing we do know is that atmosphere is not divided by political boundaries.”
Link To China Meteorological Administration
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- The Regional Climate Centers in WMO RA
- APEC Climate Center
- Global Producing Centres of Long Range Forecasts(WMO GPCs)
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC
- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
- WMO GPC website
- Lead Centre for Long Range Forecast Verification System
- Lead Centre for Long Range Forecast Multi-Model Ensemble
“…understanding cloud aerosol effects requires investment in new techniques such as controlled experiments along with observational studies, modeling and computing. The Committee recommends $15,000,000 for cloud-aerosol research, technology innovation and computing.” -Page 115 Link