China is going to expand an experimental program to control the weather by dictating the sky over an area of millions of miles.
The State Council said it will increase its ability to create snow, rain or beautiful clear skies to an “advanced level” by 2035.
Chinese officials need to drastically expand the experimental weather change program so that it covers an area more than 1.5 times the size of India.
According to a statement, China will have a “developed weather change system” by 2025 thanks to breakthroughs in research.
Over the next five years, an area covered with predetermined snow and rain will be 5.5 million square kilometers, while more than 580,000 square kilometers will be covered with hail suppression technologies.
China has long wanted to control the skies in an effort to protect agriculture and ensure good weather during important events.
It sowed clouds for the 2009 Beijing Olympics8 to reduce smog and avoid rain, CNN reported.
And important political gatherings in the Chinese capital are often blessed with beautiful clear skies, thanks to man-made changes.
Under the cabinet plan, China would continue its artificial weather activities in key areas such as the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, as well as the main ecological protection zones of the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers.
Chinese scientists are working on the ambitious Tianhe “sky river” plan to divert water vapor northward from the Yangtze basin to the Yellow River basin, where rain would fall, The Guardian reported.
China will also build its scientific capabilities and establish an experimental base and laboratory to improve its ability to cause or prevent rain, eliminate fog and improve air quality.
Cloud seeding is not a new concept, which has been proposed by scientists since the 1940s.
Seeding works by injecting small amounts of silver iodide into high-moisture clouds, which then condenses around the new particles, becomes heavier, and eventually falls as precipitation.
The binder can be dropped from the plane or shot into a missile, The Times reported, although scientists say it’s not always clear that it works.
Between 2012 and 2017, China spent more than $ 1.34 billion on various weather change programs.