According to the preliminary report, the project involves the installation of tens of thousands of flares throughout the territory of Tibet, which will cause the increase of annual precipitation by 10 billion cubic meters per year. It will look so implementation of the plan called "Tianhe" or "the Heavenly river", developed in 2016 in Tsinghua University , with the aim of flooded region with a size of about 1.6 million square kilometers.
For comparison, this is slightly more than Alaska or approximately three Spain, and a Grand adventure if China succeeds, he will receive an additional approximately 7 percent of the annual own consumption of water
"[climate change in Tibet] it is extremely important to finally eliminate the problem of water scarcity in China," says lei, Fanpa, President of the state of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, which charged the project — "If we succeed, it will be a huge contribution not only to the development of China and world economy as a whole, but in the progress of the whole human civilization."
Of course, the technology of cloud seeding is used, researched and developed all over the world for several decades, but only the Chinese are seriously threatened on the implementation of the project, more like ideas from science fiction novels.
It is assumed that a flare "Tibetan project" will be thrown up into the atmosphere particles of silver iodidethat then the wind blows the clouds and thereby cause precipitation. "[the current moment] on mountain slopes in Tibet, Xinjiang and some other regions installed more than five hundred of these devices," quoted the South China Morning Post, one of the researchers, "data And pilot operation already look promising."
However, not to everyone's taste China's plan to cause artificial rain over such a large area, especially considering the fact that we still poorly understand how cloud seeding on such a scale — which is usually made locally by spraying chemicals from airplanes will impact global climate pattern.
"You can't "make rain" out of nowhere", — explained to journalists from Gizmodo geoinzhener researcher Janos Pasztor, a member of the Carnegie Initiative Climate Geoengineering Governance (C2G2) — "He's just a shed, where we give, and so will not spill anywhere else. Consequently, the ecosystem and the population of some other places remain without long-awaited moisture."
If Janos is right, then there is considerable risk to leave huge areas without water just for the sake of Heavenly river poured on the Tibetan plateau.
It is unknown when the experiment is completed, but given the scale of the ideas, and ambiguity of the statements about the "universal benefits" — we will no doubt hear about it for the last time.
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