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Chinese Government Ramps Up Weather Control Efforts

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the can't-stand-the-weather dept.

China 139

formaggio writes "China's government is intervening with nature by rolling out four regional programs to artificially increase precipitation across the country by 10 percent before 2015. The program is anticipated to bring in an additional 230 billion cubic meters of precipitation per year by 2015. This is on top of the 50 billion cubic meters of precipitation China already artificially creates annually in the northeastern province of Jilin."

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soory (5, Funny)

masternerdguy (2468142) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363670)

Sorry commies, but only the Allies can have the weather control device. Go play with your nuke and iron curtain.

Re:soory (1)

cyachallenge (2521604) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363898)

Silly Command and Conquer Red Alert references.

Re:soory (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38364024)

'Technology Stolen', 'New Construction Options'

Re:soory (3, Insightful)

Amouth (879122) | more than 2 years ago | (#38364842)

wasn't it "structure captured, new construction options"?

Re:soory (1)

spyder-implee (864295) | more than 2 years ago | (#38365384)

If you use a spy, tech stolen. If you use an engineer, structure cap'd.

Re:soory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38364098)

Would you have preferred a One Piece reference? [wikia.com]

Re:soory (2)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363928)

Sorry commies, but only the Allies can have the weather control device. Go play with your nuke and iron curtain.

Don't be too harsh, they may end up with Oobleck and a valuable lesson they'll have learned!

Re:soory (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38363994)

it's a shame people like you who write bullshit posts never SHUT THE FUCK UP

Re:soory (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38364252)

Your post in and of itself is bullshit, and you're still posting.

Re:soory (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38365326)

You're both cunts. Fuck off the lot of you.

Re:soory (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38365544)

Bastards all.

Re:soory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38364804)

If the right people in the world actually knew what dangers have been created by HAARP and Cloud seeding chemtrails, superheating the ionosphere would not be a brunt of jokes on slashdot, but rather some could be exposing the smegma using this technology as warfare. Wait until we realize that the magnetosphere no longer protects the planet, I'll be laughing at your jokes then, remembering that you got modded 3 points for it..

Re:soory (5, Funny)

mrozone (2272302) | more than 2 years ago | (#38365072)

You seem to forget that they captured our construction yard a while back.

Re:soory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38365212)

Let's just hope their condenser doesn't spawn mind worms.

Evaporation (5, Insightful)

LoudMusic (199347) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363674)

Are they also creating an evaporation effect in the region that supplies air moisture to the region they're trying to create precipitation in?

Re:Evaporation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38363740)

Nope, just makign clouds that are already there precipitate. They are stealing our water!

Re:Evaporation (5, Interesting)

v1 (525388) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363846)

They are stealing our water!

That's what I was wondering, where would this water normally be falling mostly? Russia? Japan? Pacific Ocean? If it was just headed for the ocean anyway, it doesn't appear to be selfish of them.

Re:Evaporation (4, Funny)

msauve (701917) | more than 2 years ago | (#38364010)

"If it was just headed for the ocean anyway, it doesn't appear to be selfish of them."

If that's the case, they're spinning it wrong. They should be claiming they're trying to offset ocean level rise due to AGW.

Re:Evaporation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38364054)

In some cases, its not about where the water falls but where it flows.

Worst case (visible) scenario, you have flooding and mud/landslides simply because preexisting (natural and man-made) infrastructure in X area was never designed for such amounts of rainwater.

Re:Evaporation (2, Funny)

Dyinobal (1427207) | more than 2 years ago | (#38364542)

Might explain the drought in Texas, or maybe that is because we elected Rick Perry. Though the fact he prayed for rain and we got wild fires instead might be considered evidence towards that theory.

Re:Evaporation (4, Funny)

hedwards (940851) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363956)

Just as long as they leave our precious bodily fluids alone, I say what's the harm?

Re:Evaporation (1)

Thing 1 (178996) | more than 2 years ago | (#38365330)

Just as long as they leave our precious bodily fluids alone, I say what's the harm?

Well, somewhat goofily: your current bodily fluids are yesterday's weather. So, no, they're not doing that.

Re:Evaporation (1)

fotbr (855184) | more than 2 years ago | (#38365766)

And your current bodily fluids are also tomorrow's weather...so they're messing with both the past and the future!

Re:Evaporation (1)

cmholm (69081) | more than 2 years ago | (#38365426)

Points for Dr. Strangelove reference.

Re:Evaporation (1)

FangVT (144970) | more than 2 years ago | (#38365430)

Just as long as they leave our precious bodily fluids alone, I say what's the harm?

Purity of essence is the most important thing.

Re:Evaporation (5, Interesting)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 2 years ago | (#38364060)

Nope, just makign clouds that are already there precipitate. They are stealing our water!

Actually, there are a number of countries that are actually saying exactly that - "You are stealing our rain [wikipedia.org] and it isn't a joke.

An interesting thing though, is that the Chinese mainly use Silver Iodide [wikipedia.org] Rockets to seed the clouds. Silver Iodide is considered a hazardous substance, a priority pollutant, and a toxic pollutant by the US. Exposure can result in the following:

Chronic ingestion of iodides may produce “iodism”, which may be manifested by skin rash, running nose, headache, irritation of the mucous membranes, weakness, anemia, loss of weight and general depression. Chronic inhalation, ingestion or skin contact with silver compounds may cause argyria characterized by blue-gray discoloration of the eyes, skin and mucous membranes.

Will be interesting to see what happens during the next ten to fifteen years after this has been in place for long enough to really get into the soil, the food chain and the poor saps who this rain falls on.

Re:Evaporation (0)

jbeaupre (752124) | more than 2 years ago | (#38364666)

And yet iodine is added to table salt.

I think you may want look up the words "concentration" and "dosage."

Re:Evaporation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38364794)

And add the term "chronic ingestion" to the list.

Re:Evaporation (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38364930)

Since when did Iodine = Silver Iodide??????

Re:Evaporation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38365232)

for the case they might be equivalent. IANAD but I found this:

Iodism /iodism/ (iah-dizm) chronic poisoning by iodine or iodides, with coryza, ptyalism, frontal headache, emaciation, weakness, and skin eruptions.

http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/iodism

Re:Evaporation (2)

magarity (164372) | more than 2 years ago | (#38364726)

An interesting thing though, is that the Chinese mainly use Silver Iodide Rockets to seed the clouds. Silver Iodide is considered a hazardous substance, a priority pollutant, and a toxic pollutant

...Will be interesting to see what happens during the next ten to fifteen years after this has been in place for long enough to really get into the soil, the food chain and the poor saps who this rain falls on.

Hah, a little silver iodide added to the water supply might make it better by displacing some of the serious industrial contaminants they already put in it. You haven't been paying attention to the environmental news out of China if you think these rockets are a serious health concern.

Re:Evaporation (2)

spagthorpe (111133) | more than 2 years ago | (#38364734)

I would guess a main reason for the additional rainfall would be food production, and since China seems to export quite a bit of it to us (heavy metals and all), I imagine it'll be our problem as much as theirs.

Re:Evaporation (1)

lightknight (213164) | more than 2 years ago | (#38364888)

Perhaps dust particles of sufficient size might suffice?

I am tempted to say something common, like carbon, might be worthy of consideration. Of course, it would require some research, but might be worth it.

Re:Evaporation (2)

daem0n1x (748565) | more than 2 years ago | (#38364970)

They're already pumping carbon particles [wikipedia.org] into the atmosphere. I mean, a huge shitload of them.

Re:Evaporation (3, Interesting)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 2 years ago | (#38365258)

This was a plot in, of all things, a Japanese anime - specifically, One Piece.

Despite the rain [that Dance Powder] creates however, the powder unfortunately caused long periods of drought to other countries. The process in which the artificial rain is created, nurtures clouds that aren't ready to rain yet. When this happens, all of the water contained within these clouds would all be used up. Because of this, other countries and locations, who would naturally benefit from rainfall when these clouds would naturally mature, are greatly deprived.

The controversy that this powder brought whenever it was used, started a war. The lives lost in this war was so great that the World Government outlawed the manufacturing and possession of Dance Powder world wide.

Link to article [wikia.com]

Re:Evaporation (3, Interesting)

jpmorgan (517966) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363946)

Well, if you think about the Langmuir equation, decreasing the partial pressure of water vapour in the atmosphere by inducing precipitation will increase the evaporation rate. Then it's just a matter of prevailing winds which, assuming the Chinese aren't complete idiots, they've probably thought about.

Re:Evaporation (4, Interesting)

v1 (525388) | more than 2 years ago | (#38364004)

inducing precipitation will increase the evaporation rate.

so in layman's terms, not only will they be causing less rain to fall downwind of you, but they'll also be causing more water to evaporate downwind - lowering humidity and making the problem of less-rainfall more severe. (assuming it's over land and not ocean anyway)

Re:Evaporation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38364040)

Actually that is exactly the opposite of what that quote means. Read much?

Re:Evaporation (2)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 2 years ago | (#38364740)

so in layman's terms, not only will they be causing less rain to fall downwind of you,

Other than Japan, there's nothing downwind of China until you hit the California coast.
Which isn't to say that China has no effect on California.
They have to deal with pollution and dust from China often enough for it to have been studied in some detail.

Re:Evaporation (1)

C0R1D4N (970153) | more than 2 years ago | (#38365128)

Clearly this could be stopped by killing all the butterflies in China.

Re:Evaporation (2)

Praeses (1294778) | more than 2 years ago | (#38364778)

Many of their power plants are indirectly evaporating water. I am curious to see how the quantities compare.

Ask dick cheney was fond of saying... (0)

Sebastopol (189276) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363708)

man can't affect the world's climate...

paraphrased.

Re:Ask dick cheney was fond of saying... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38363970)

Do we need to yet again discuss the difference between climate and weather?

Re:Ask dick cheney was fond of saying... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38364124)

Do we need to yet again discuss the difference between climate and weather?

No. In this case the GP takes a warmist position. As such, weather phenomena may be selectively cited and no distinction between weather and climate is necessary.

I have to ask... (3, Insightful)

hipp5 (1635263) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363720)

but what could go wrong!?

Re:I have to ask... (0, Flamebait)

Chicken_Kickers (1062164) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363858)

Yeah, right. When China does anything, it's "intervening with nature" and the sinister sounding "weather control". When Amurikka does it, it's "triumph of technology over nature" or "advancement of mankind". Fucking Slashdot.

Re:I have to ask... (1)

RandomAvatar (2487198) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363948)

Well, besides not know who or what Amurikka is, I would have to say it is more a "fucking with nature on a large scale" intervening with nature than the fact that China is the one doing it purposely. I personally think that we should try to limit what we do to the environment... At least until we find another one we can inhabit.

Re:I have to ask... (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363954)

Um, no offense, but that seems to be really reaching.

Re:I have to ask... (0)

hierophanta (1345511) | more than 2 years ago | (#38364638)

yeah, he should have said 'fucking media outlets'. please please try to convince us that media outlets are not propaganda machines and /. is not one of them, then move on to the next thread and complain about how its about M$ or Ipo again

Re:I have to ask... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38363974)

Fucking Slashdot.

Do yourself a favor and go away.

Re:I have to ask... (-1, Offtopic)

youn (1516637) | more than 2 years ago | (#38364002)

Fucking Slashdot.

You have managed to have sex with an actual website... respect man, awesommmmme! :p

Re:I have to ask... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38364052)

Fucking Slashdot.

You have managed to have sex with an actual website... respect man, awesommmmme! :p

And of all the websites he could've chosen....

Re:I have to ask... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38364138)

And of all the websites he could've chosen....

Some people prefer virgins.

Re:I have to ask... (4, Insightful)

Trepidity (597) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363942)

I suppose the first question to ask would be where the moisture would've fallen otherwise. Unless they're creating new evaporation/condensation into clouds, which it doesn't sound like since they're discussing seeding rockets, they're just causing it to fall somewhere instead of somewhere else. Maybe that harms somewhere else, or maybe it doesn't; would need more information to say.

They appear not to get this, or not want to acknowledge it, though, with the quote: "Because clouds are boundless, weather control is boundless". Clouds might be boundless if you're doing isolated cloud-seeding operations, but on a massive industrial scale, clouds aren't really boundless...

Climate change... (-1)

orphiuchus (1146483) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363742)

Is Al Gore up in arms over this?

It seems like the sort of thing that ought to tear him away from the manbearpig hunt, considering that this is guaranteed to cause observable climate change.

already bought off (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38363802)

China already bought him off. Part of his price for not starting a civil war after the 2000 election fraud. China's corporate masters didn't want that much havoc.

Re:Climate change... (2)

hedwards (940851) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363992)

Depends on the weather patterns. If somebody did that on the west coast of the US, that would cause all sorts of problems for people down wind. But, if they did it just upwind of the east coast it would have negligible effect.

I'm not sure precisely how the wind patterns are in that part of the world, but I have a feeling that the impact will be relatively minor. I'm not sure that rain falling on the ocean is really that much different then rivers flowing into the river. Apart from differing types of pollution.

Re:Climate change... (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#38364090)

AlGore hasn't seemed too excited over the other ecological disasters in China. Merely making it rain is trivial in comparison to some. So I'm guessing he's going to ignore it, but will have some pedestrian answer prepared if he's ambushed.

Re:Climate change... (1)

ajlitt (19055) | more than 2 years ago | (#38365034)

Mr. President, we must not allow a precipitation gap!

STOP!! Do Not Continue (4, Insightful)

MBC1977 (978793) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363756)

This reminds me of an Edding's book I read once, "Guardians of the West" where the lead character started playing around with the weather (to prove a point to some very inept thinking people). Several months later his grandfather comes to his castle, and virtually berates him for tampering with the "most powerful force in nature".

Somehow I think this very fitting considering (1) this is China we're talking about and (2) anyone (including the US) who plays around weather is virtually certain to cause an adverse effect somewhere else. So please DO NOT TAMPER WITH THE WEATHER!!.

Thanks. :)

Re:STOP!! Do Not Continue (1)

Gr33nJ3ll0 (1367543) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363854)

Somehow I think this very fitting considering (1) this is China we're talking about and (2) anyone (including the US) who plays around weather is virtually certain to cause an adverse effect somewhere else. So please DO NOT TAMPER WITH THE WEATHER!!.

From the article it seems they have already caused adverse effects, and yet they persist.

Re:STOP!! Do Not Continue (1)

blakecraw (1235302) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363968)

This reminds me of a Herbert book where the Guild wanted a prohibitive price for weather satellites.

Re:STOP!! Do Not Continue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38364038)

To be fair, the fremen just didn't want to be observed.

Re:STOP!! Do Not Continue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38364704)

The Herbert book in question was Dune. The 'rulers' were being inhibited from putting weather satellites by the Guild because the natives were paying off the Guild with Spice to prevent anyone from knowing what was going on in the native areas.

Re:STOP!! Do Not Continue (1)

LordLucless (582312) | more than 2 years ago | (#38364020)

If I remember correctly, the grandfather and one of his sorcerous pals spent a year or so preventing the main character's actions from triggering a new ice age.

Re:STOP!! Do Not Continue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38364116)

Isn't nuclear physics the most powerful force of nature?

Re:STOP!! Do Not Continue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38364440)

Several months later his grandfather comes to his castle, and virtually berates him

If he did it virtually wouldn't it have been more effective to use Cisco Telepresence, or even Facetime or Skype if the castle couldn't afford Cisco's exorbitant fees?

Re:STOP!! Do Not Continue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38365582)

I read the same book. In a later epic battle, the old wizard had messed with the weather many years in advance of the battle. The result was an incredible storm right when thy needed it.

But more to my point: the USA has hurt the earth through ignorance, the Chinese will do it through diligence.

Huh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38363768)

Wait, what? Since when can China control the weather?

this sounds like a syfy channel movie (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363990)

The good part is where it goes out of control.

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul (4, Interesting)

jklovanc (1603149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363772)

What about downwind areas where the water would fall naturally? Might that effect snow packs and cause drought during summer months?

Re:Robbing Peter to Pay Paul (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 2 years ago | (#38364016)

That's where they're trying to get the water to. Most of the areas where they're trying to get more water are pretty much as downwind as possible. I think the wind patterns there are generally west to east there, although I could be wrong.

Ultimately, the water gets into the ocean eventually, it's mostly a question of whether it's via run off or rain.

Re:Robbing Peter to Pay Paul (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38364104)

If they were messing with a few acres of land it really wouldn't matter, but what they're doing ... global warming is a little joke compared to the destruction these idiots will cause.

Re:Robbing Peter to Pay Paul (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38364210)

Maybe they won't put farms downwind? I would love to live in a place where it only rains on farms.

Re:Robbing Peter to Pay Paul (1)

DolomiteZipper (768505) | more than 2 years ago | (#38364234)

Maybe THIS is the cause of global warming? Sure looks like a smoking gun to me.

Re:Robbing Peter to Pay Paul (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#38364868)

Maybe THIS is the cause of global warming? Sure looks like a smoking gun to me.

The only thing that is smoking is the joint you're holding on to. Time to put it down for a while.

When the rain falls here, it doesn't fall there (5, Interesting)

CityZen (464761) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363796)

I see international problems brewing with this...

I hear that in some localities, the rain water (that falls on your property) doesn't belong to you, and you're not legally allowed to have rain barrels.

Weather alteration will amplify issues like that, such that countries have to make treaties regarding who can claim which clouds.

Of course, you have to wonder about a range of possibilities: You can make your neighbor have a drought, or potentially have a flood.

Re:When the rain falls here, it doesn't fall there (1)

NeutronCowboy (896098) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363870)

Yup. Think there's a fuss about who owns the water in a river (which, btw, is the reason China is in Tibet and will never leave)? It's gonna be worse when people try to make clouds rain in a place that they would normally just pass over. At least, with a river, it's pretty obvious if someone is diverting massive amounts of it. But with rain-making machines, it's generally hard to tell that something out of the ordinary did take place. Add some cross-border animosity to the mix, and suddenly Twain's quip about whiskey and water is going to be more true than ever.

Re:When the rain falls here, it doesn't fall there (3, Informative)

AK Marc (707885) | more than 2 years ago | (#38364248)

Here, I'm required by law to catch rainwater. But in Colorado, it's illegal to do so, as the water rights are owned downstream.

How is this any different than US/CAN? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38363798)

see North American Weather Modification Council http://www.naiwmc.org/ [naiwmc.org]

I can see it now. (1)

Anachragnome (1008495) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363836)

I can see it now.

China claims success in their Weather Control efforts, when in reality those increases in precipitation are actually a result of their contribution to global warming--warmer air has the potential to "hold" more water.

Re:I can see it now. (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363912)

I can see it now.

China claims success in their Weather Control efforts, when in reality those increases in precipitation are actually a result of their contribution to global warming--warmer air has the potential to "hold" more water.

One would think, with all the particulate matter they throw up into the air they would already be causing increased precipitation.

Well, Mulholland and his lot thought they could make the desert bloom, bring water to the southwestern US from the Columbia River and the Great Lakes, so ambitious were their schemes. Fortunately they only met with limited success - which Los Angeles was developed out of.

Re:I can see it now. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38364204)

Fortunately they only met with limited success - which Los Angeles was developed out of.

So you're saying that even their limited success ultimately led to disaster?

Re:I can see it now. (1)

Thing 1 (178996) | more than 2 years ago | (#38365428)

Well, Mulholland and his lot thought they could make the desert bloom

They certainly had a lot of drive!

Re:I can see it now. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38364912)

Global warming is pseudo science designed to make some people a lot of money. You're gullible and it's unbecoming of a slashnerd.

Nice try.. (2)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363880)

But if the moisture isn't already in the air in sufficient quantities, it doesn't want to come pouring down.

Why not just build desalination plants to take demand off rivers downstream and reservoirs upstream to retain water from high rainfall years?

Built the Three Gorges Dam, which is a dam disaster to the population and environment, now they going to play around with the sky. Not very forward thinking, really.

Re:Nice try.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38363936)

The problem with desalination plants is, the salt has to go somewhere.

Re:Nice try.. (1)

MightyYar (622222) | more than 2 years ago | (#38364032)

The ocean?

Re:Nice try.. (2)

daem0n1x (748565) | more than 2 years ago | (#38365140)

The main problem is that they yield extremely expensive water.

Uh VERY bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38363980)

In theory this isn't as bad as it looks, in practice it's oh so much worse, and someone needs to start doing the same in Canada and the US Pronto.

1. Erosion - Enough said
2. Flooding - Thailand.
3. Rainfall/Snowfall - Since China and the US are both in the northern hemisphere, this means that any rainfall that would have fell in North America has been intercepted by China. This is because the Jetstream goes from West to East in the Northern Hemisphere. Less rain, less crops, less food.
4. Earthquakes - screwing with the rainfall patterns also lubricates the faults, so this might cause more earthquakes along the Pacific as stresses change.

The problem that worries me the most is the rainfall loss. China can't magically siphon water from the ocean, so this is rainfall that didn't precipitate over Europe. Any rainfall that doesn't fall in Asia ends up falling on the Pacific coast of North America. If the US and Canada started doing it, Europe would have the same result. If water is pulled out of the atmosphere too fast, then we have an even worse problem whereby everything that isn't in the 50 miles of the West coasts ends up as desert.

We shouldn't tamper with the weather. It doesn't matter if there is a global warming or global cooling problem, if we start preventing clouds from forming, water just vaporizes. See Mars. If warming goes out of control, See Venus.

Re:Uh VERY bad (2)

norpy (1277318) | more than 2 years ago | (#38364378)

You forget that taking moisture out of the air will reduce the partial pressure and more evaporation will occur.

By the time this "dry" air makes it across an ocean it will once again be laden with water.

Re:Uh VERY bad (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38364994)

4. Earthquakes - screwing with the rainfall patterns also lubricates the faults, so this might cause more earthquakes along the Pacific as stresses change.

I'm not aware of any studies showing increased rainfall influencing quakes. However, there does seem to be some consensus that induced seismicity [wikipedia.org] from dams and other human actions is real.

If you throw more water on the land than is typical, it'll eventually percolate in and cause the strata to weigh more. I don't think it's too far fetched to say that altering the weather pattern in an area could accelerate seismic activity locally. I think it's a lot less likely that it'd have influence on the entire "ring of fire". I think the local weather patterns would be like a freckle on the butt of a rhinocerous in that regard.

Kaboom! wooho, there are some cloud now (1)

youn (1516637) | more than 2 years ago | (#38363984)

sounds like a mad scientist plan... but hey if it works :)

Fiendish Yellow Brains! (1)

ph4cr (775696) | more than 2 years ago | (#38364148)

Oh, I don't know. Considering we exist in a closed system (we live on a ball, in space)... What Could Possibly Go Wrong? No KYOTO for us! We can fix billions of years of planetary evolution with our fiendish little yellow brains!!!

Does it even work? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38364194)

They are presumably seeding clouds with silver iodide. I thought that was debunked years ago?

Makes you wonder... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38364550)

If cloud seeding is/has been used off the coast of Africa during Hurricane season. As a Floridian, I am pretty aware of new storms forming in the area, as they tend to eventually track across the Atlantic towards the gulf states. /takeofftinfoilhat

Bad idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38365046)

It's not nice to fool with Mother Nature! Be it rain or butter you just don't mess with her.

And yet (2)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 2 years ago | (#38365304)

I wonder how this will do with the warming that is occurring? Supposedly the models show that China's rain is suppose to drop a great deal. Perhaps this is their way of winning their cold war.

A great world we live in. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38365342)

Where most cities in the world are covered in a single gray cloud most of the day, and no one thinks twice about it. Colder climates, shorter life spans, eating and drinking poison, what a great world we live in today.

LOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38365390)

Chairman Sheng-ji Yang of the Hive has discovered Ecological Engineering!

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