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Fact of fantacy: Manufacturing weather?

In the aftermath of the cyclone that killed and affected many people in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, there are suggestions that countries must enforce the provisions of the international political instrument that seeks to deal with climate change.

The belief is that the devastating floods were as a result of climate change. My argument begs to differ with this narrative. I believe that more deliberate human actions to control global weather patterns such as artificial rain making or cloud-seeding could be responsible for flood storms and droughts in different parts of the world.

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change signed in 2015 to combat global climate change frightens me because it is more like barking at a wrong tree.

Unpredictable weather or climate conditions could be coming from more conscious actions of others than simply burning fossil fuels and excessive carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Also, I am just too concerned that as developing nations we sometimes take things at face value, especially agendas like climate change, globalization and Fourth Industrial Revolution, which may have been designed to impoverish our countries.

The phenomenon of floods is as old as human kind but nobody bothers to check if the floods that recently occurred in Mozambique and Zimbabwe were actually induced using artificial rainmaking, or ‘geo-engineering’. Cloud-seeding geo-engineering has been in use for more than 75 years ‘to produce rain and snow, is a technological approach to manipulate the weather and climate.’

It was reported a few years ago that countries such as China, Jordan, USA, Russia and India make rain via cloud-seeding chemicals, which they launch into the sky or using planes. Once inside the cloud, the chemicals freeze to create ice crystals, which turn to rain or snow that falls to the ground.

China creates 55 billion tons of artificial rain a year, with plans to quintuple that amount over the years. China began using artificial rainmaking in 2008 to prevent rainfall during the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

How considerate!

Nonetheless, the Hong Kong based news outlet China Morning Post reports that China uses a system developed by the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation ‘to build tens of thousands of combustion chambers on steep Tibetan mountainsides.’ And these chambers in turn ‘burn a solid fuel, which would result in a spray of silver iodide billowing towards the sky.’ The particles, much like those already sprayed from planes, would provide something for passing water vapour to condense around, forming clouds. And the clouds would bring the rain.

In the United States, artificial rain or snow making has been used for drought relief, snowfall, and rainfall across the western portion of the country. In 2015, for instance, this process reportedly produced a 34 percent increase in the length of rainfall in Texas. This process is also utilized to create more snow in the California’s Tahoe Basin. As the US enjoys more rains on the desert, nobody checks the damage in Mexico and Central America, which have suddenly become a burden due to floods and drought.

The concern though is that geo-engineering is more about creating rain to benefit particular countries, possibly at the expense of others.

Besides the Beijing Olympics, another use of geo-engineering techniques were by the USA during the Vietnam War. The US’s Operation Popeye used cloud-seeding “to extend the monsoon season in Vietnam to hinder movement of enemy troops.” It is clear that geo-engineering is utilized for ‘good’ and ‘bad’ reasons, but what is disturbing overall is that artificially tempers with global temperatures.

As climate models predict, there will be severe drought as temperatures rise and regional rainfall decreases all over the world. This is a phenomenon that is yet to adequately proven whether carbon emissions are the reason, or this is just a normal change in the lifespan of planet earth. At this point, scientists differ a great deal on what could be the cause of unpredictable weather patterns in many parts of the world.

However, something that receives less attention in all debates is artificial rain making that the likes of China are perfecting each day. Its impact on the atmosphere is also least spoken about. They obviously manipulate nature for their benefit, but it is unclear how the chemicals they use affect other countries as seen in Mozambique and Zimbabwe recently. In fact, many islands in the Indian and Pacific oceans have long been struck by these unknown weather conditions.

The argument about Climate Change being responsible for hurricanes and floods tends to be shallow and is in the interest of pushing the dangerous agenda without giving due consideration of the greedy countries and corporations that continue to create man-made natural disasters. Rain-scarce countries in the Middle East are going as far as building mountains where rain could be manufactured. 

For example, the United Arab Emirates is said to be very serious about building a mountain to increase rainfall in the region. As one person puts it, ‘The UAE isn’t known for scrimping on ostentatious infrastructure. It’s got the tallest building in the world (for now) and a harbor filled with artificial islands in the shape of a palm tree.’ So, those who often travel to Dubai would one day come across a man-made mountain in the desert like those cities that sprang up from nowhere.

Geo-engineering could be responsible for what is termed climate change agenda today. Critics contend these climate geoengineering approaches ‘are risky and could kill marine life, stall plant growth, damage the ozone layer, and reduce rainfall while increasing warming in other areas.’

Therefore, one is tempted not to look very far when searching for cause of massive flooding in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, irresponsible actions of global bullies in manipulating global climate.

Another interesting phenomenon is that many countries in Asia and Europe face enormous pressure in providing water and food to their large consumerist economies. Agriculture is the main source of food, and land is needed to grow vegetables, fruits and other crops that we eat on a daily basis. Africa is still by far the only place on earth where ample land is still available to grow food.

Countries like Saudi Arabia and South Korea are currently developing relations with poorer countries in Africa and elsewhere such as Madagascar to grow food as part of their intensive programmes to ensure food security. The next battle between countries in our continent will be over land security. They need it to grow food.

Geo-engineering plays its part in devastating the continent with floods and droughts – most rivers and streams are running dry and thus affecting livelihoods of millions from Senegal to Umfolozi.

It makes senses to create terrible disasters to destroy economies, displace populations and of course to create large-scale poverty and deaths. Aid that follow will entail exchanges will land and again turning Africans into slaves in their place of birth.

Developments in technology extends ‘the possibility for geo-engineering use on a larger scale for climate geoengineering, or global climate control.’ This is where most people are concerned. Over 190 countries agreed to a 2010 United Nations ‘ban on using the climate engineering technology for large-scale climate engineering over concerns of its effect on biodiversity.’

But the large and well-resourced states are not bothered as they continue to pump chemicals into the atmosphere to create rain and snow. As things stand, at least 52 countries around the world use the artificial rain making process, and are not prepared to back down anytime soon. The United States, for example, was not part of the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Biological Diversity, and has also not ratified the 2010 modification.

Supported by its eternal ally Saudi Arabia and Japan, the US recently led the opposition of global plans ‘to examine the risks of climate-manipulating technology such as sucking carbon out of the air, reflective mirrors in space, seeding the oceans and injecting particulates into the atmosphere.’

At a recent meeting of the UN Environment Assembly in Kenya, Switzerland and 12 other countries (i.e. Burkina Faso, Micronesia, Georgia, Lichtenstein, Mali, Mexico, Montenegro, Niger, South Korea and Senegal) suggested stronger oversight over what they term ‘potentially world-altering experiments that would have implications for food supply, biodiversity, global inequality and security.’

Clearly, everybody recognises that climate change agenda is largely man-made phenomenon, not in the manner that is often discussed but through brazen manipulation of global climate and weather patterns. Other human actions like burning fossil fuels could be overstated.

Please call me naive, but you will thank me later.

By Siyabonga P. Hadebe 

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