Monday, January 17, 2011

Make It Rain

Massive floods hit Brazil and Australia this past week, causing death, destruction, and large estimates for reconstruction costs.
The government said it will need more than A$5 billion for rebuilding public damage alone, without counting costs to private businesses as well as lost coal, tourism and agricultural revenue that all significantly add to the total price tag. The country's big banks are ready to help a government likely to issue more debt by supporting the issuance, but won't be simply writing devastated individuals or businesses a blank check, the bankers said.
Meanwhile, previous flooding in South Africa has led to food shortages, and Pakistan hasn't recovered from its own recent devastation yet.
A monumental food shortage is likely in the coming months, rendering the flooded areas even more susceptible to disease. The geostrategic implications of widespread epidemics, especially with the fate of the war in the tribal regions delicately balanced, are hard to overlook. Unless public health is made central to national and international relief policy and the focus of the international community is sustained, the sick man of South Asia might not recover from this newest bout of illness.
As the world recovers from water damage, Abu Dhabi is making it rain with weather technology. 
Scientists employed by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the UAE and leader of Abu Dhabi, successfully created more than 50 rainstorms in the state's Al Ain region last year, mostly in July and August when there is virtually no rain at all. It is believed to be the first time the system has produced rain from clear skies.
They have been using giant ionisers, shaped like giant lampshades, to generate fields of negatively charged particles, which create cloud formation.
This is not to be confused with making it rain in the club.

In all seriousness, unpredictable flooding is a huge threat to global food supplies and stability, and adding weather technology to a changing climate will only make finding solutions incredibly complicated.

But if all else fails, mankind can simply live underwater in ten years if one NASA bio engineer has his way.

Unfortunately, that's not a foolproof solution.

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