China: weather modification plans
China is greatly expanding its weather-control project and is planning to be able to cover half the country in artificial rain and snow by 2025, the government said Tuesday.
Cloud seeding is a type of weather modification that aims to change the amount or type of precipitation that falls from clouds by dispersing substances into the air that serve as cloud condensation or ice nuclei, which alter the microphysical processes within the cloud.
In a statement, China’s State Council said that
“the country’s cloud seeding project will expand fivefold to cover an area of 2.1 million square miles and be completed by 2025″
While other nations have similar projects in the works, china is leading the world in this initiative. The project will be at a “worldwide advanced level” by 2035, the State Council said, and will help alleviate “disasters such as drought and hail”. It can also facilitate responses to wildfires.