In the following 5 years, the overall area coated by synthetic rain or snowfall will attain 5.5 million sq km, whereas over 580,000 sq km (224,000 sq miles) will probably be coated by hail suppression applied sciences. The assertion added that the program will assist with catastrophe reduction, agricultural manufacturing, emergency responses to forest and grassland fires, and coping with unusually excessive temperatures or droughts.
Though the first focus of Beijing’s weather modification seems to be home, specialists have warned there may be the potential for affect past the nation’s borders.
“The scientific evidence and political justification for weather modification is not subject to debate or broad discussion (in China),” the authors wrote. “In addition, the leadership’s propensity for technological intervention in taming different weather systems is rarely challenged by alternative viewpoints.”
“While China has not yet shown signs of ‘unilaterally’ deploying geoengineering projects on the ground, the scale of its weather modification and other massive engineering projects, including mega-dam projects (such as the Three Gorges), suggests China is willing to deploy large-scale geoengineering schemes to tackle the impacts of climate change and achieve its Paris targets.”