But with these efforts bearing little result, the government has asked IIT Kanpur to prepare cloud seeding. Tripathi said cloud seeding has produced positive results, and "has not shown any adverse effect wherever it has been tried". Environmental scientist Bhavreen Kandhari said cloud seeding was an "ineffective approach" to the pollution problem. China extensively uses cloud seeding technology, spending billions of dollars to modify the weather to protect agricultural regions or improve air quality ahead of big events. Scientists in western India have successfully tried cloud seeding, which resulted in a 20% boost in rainfall, Tripathi said.
Source: The Hindu November 28, 2023 13:52 UTC