How Chinese scientists hope to control the weather to nourish the mainland’s arid north | South China Morning Post

A group of scientists are proposing cloud seeding on a massive scale on the Tibetan plateau to create more rain to flow into rivers in China’s arid north.Other researchers, however, have cast doubts on the project saying it is likely to be doomed to failure.Intensive cloud seeding in the skies above Tibet and the neighbouring region could create more than five billion cubic metres of water a year in rain to flow ultimately into the Yellow River, according to a feasibility study funded by the Qinghai provincial government. That would amount to nearly twice Beijing’s annual water consumption.When it rains, it pours: arid Beijing’s freak downpours explained by Chinese scientistsWang Guangqian, the president of Qinghai University who heads the research project, was quoted as saying by the state-run news agency Xinhua: “Between the boundary layer and troposphere in the atmosphere exists a stable, orderly channel for water vapour transportation called ‘Sky River’,”Planes and rockets would be used to intercept the passing vapour and seed it with chemicals to create rain, the report said.China started diverting water from the Yangtze River in the wetter south of China to Beijing and other drier areas in the north two years ago.

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