BEIJING China has created artificial snow for
the first time in Tibet, Xinhua news agency reported on
Wednesday, months after experts warned of melting glaciers and
drought in the Himalayan region.
The Tibet meteorological station had performed a
"successful artificial snowfall operation" last week in
northern Tibet, about 4,500 meters above sea level, the agency
"The first artificial snowfall proves it is possible to
change the weather through human efforts on the world's highest
plateau," it quoted Yu Zhongshui, an engineer with the
meteorological station, as saying.
"To launch artificial precipitation can help alleviate
drought on the grassland in northern Tibet," Yu was quoted as
Chinese scientists have warned that rising temperatures on
the Qinghai-Tibet plateau will melt glaciers, dry up major
Chinese rivers and trigger drought, sandstorms and