06 October 2022,   10:24
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China "modified" the weather as Communist Party marked centenary in Beijing

China used cloud seeding to control rain and pollution in the capital ahead of a major political event in July, according to scientists at Tsinghua University, writes scmp.com.

They said the government launched the large-scale operation - lacing clouds with chemicals to bring on rainfall - over suburban Beijing and some neighbouring areas hours before the Communist Party marked its centenary on July 1.

In a research paper, they estimated the artificial rain that was created reduced the level of the air pollutant PM2.5 by more than two-thirds, and improved air quality from “moderate” to “good” under the World Health Organization standards.

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