China pledges to build ‘weather modification’ capabilities

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China wants to boost its ability to modify the weather and will expand an artificial rain and snow program to cover at least 5.5 million square kilometers of land by 2025, the country’s cabinet said on Wednesday. .

The State Council has said in policy guidelines that it will ensure that its weather-modifying capabilities reach an “advanced” level by 2035 and focus on revitalizing rural areas, restoring ecosystems and minimization of losses due to natural disasters.

China has frequently used cloud seeding technologies to relieve droughts or clear the air ahead of major international events.

He also built a weather modification system on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Asia’s largest freshwater reserve, with the aim of pumping large amounts of silver iodide into the clouds to increase in precipitation.

The cabinet’s plan says China will continue artificial weather operations in key areas such as the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, as well as key ecological protection areas of the Yellow and Yangtze rivers.

China will also strengthen its scientific capabilities and establish an experimental base and a laboratory to improve its ability to induce or prevent rain, clear fog and improve air quality, he added.

Reporting by David Stanway; Editing by Aurora Ellis