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Artificial rain eases Asia's droughts but heats up tensions

China advances drone tech, while India calls weather modification a threat

Lightning strikes across the sky during a thunderstorm in Guangzhou. China preparing for changing weather patterns.   © Reuters

BANGKOK/TOKYO -- As a heat wave pushes temperatures up to nearly 50 C, a recent video released by the United Arab Emirates shows a city in the arid nation lashed by torrential rain -- the result of a national cloud-seeding operation.

The program seen in the video, which was reported by the U.K.-based Independent newspaper, is just one example of emerging economies, particularly China, making their own weather to address the threat posed by droughts and other extreme events made more likely by climate change.

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