Is Iran's rain being stolen?

tehran In light of the ongoing Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip and repeated US strikes against targets related to resistance movements allied with Tehran, the issue of “stealing the clouds leading to the Islamic Republic, or making them rainless” has raised eyebrows in the Iranian language. Has given rise to a big controversy. The circle, which has brought back previous official accusations against Israel of stealing clouds and causing climate change in Iran.

After Iranian weather forecasts late last summer predicted an autumn and winter rich in rain and snow, the Iranian public was surprised by a 40% decrease in average rainfall across the country during the current water year compared to average figures. . In the last 55 years.

Noting a 56% reduction in rainfall compared to the long-term average in the capital Tehran, a section of Iranians raised the possibility of some foreign parties manipulating the clouds for malicious purposes.

Snowfall and storm disrupt life in Iranian areas
In previous years the streets of Tehran were covered with snow (Iranian Press)

conspiracy theory

Although “proposing a conspiracy theory that accuses foreign countries of using modern technologies to manipulate the weather and move rain clouds from the Iranian sky to other areas” is not new to Tehran officials, several video clips Discussions that show adverse weather conditions have Iranians on both sides of the shared Iranian-Turkish border increasing their suspicions and pointing fingers at what is known as the “Zionist-American” axis in Tehran.

In 2012, former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused “enemies” of diverting rain clouds from part of Iran and rendering them sterile as they passed through Iran's skies, causing drought in his country, in a similar manner. Following official statements that repeatedly described the drought as a phenomenon, the case is being described as suspicious.

Six years after Ahmadinejad's accusations, the head of the Civil Defense Organization in Iran, Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, in 2018 revealed “the threads of foreign intervention aimed at changing climate conditions” in his country, including “the Zionist entity and a Other regional countries” were blamed. Without naming them – “In cooperation to prevent Iranian clouds from raining.”

The Iranian general based his accusation “on scientific research conducted by Iranian centers, which concluded that there were joint teams of some countries that interfered in Iranian climatic conditions to sterilize clouds or steal snow,” he said.

The sunset sky glows gold and orange over the Azadi Tower in Tehran, Iran
Iran accuses foreign countries of stealing clouds and causing drought (Getty)

human intervention

Although Al Jazeera Net contacted the office of Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of the Civil Defense Organization in Iran, more than once, he declined to comment on the controversy raging in his country these days over the theft of clouds. The organization's position on rumors of foreign interference in climate change.

For his part, Masoud Tajrishi, a former assistant to the head of the Iranian Environmental Organization, has put forward the hypothesis of “sterilizing and destroying clouds” in his country's skies, and has stressed that scientific research could be done with such technologies. have emerged which prevent rainfall in a geographical area. , or divert the clouds to other areas, and as humans have become they have become capable of raining clouds and sowing clouds.

In his speech to Al Jazeera Net, Tajrishi cited his experience regarding human intervention in the climate, as he attended a military parade in Russia several years ago, and the Moscow sky was overcast at that time , So the Russians were able to lose their way. The path of clouds using electromagnetic spectra, and preventing rain from falling for a specific period.

He concluded that human technologies are now capable of diverting the paths of clouds in specific geographic locations and preventing them from falling rain, as well as evacuating or artificially seeding them, but “on a limited scale.”

runaway incident

The American High-Frequency Active Twilight Program (HARP Project) has always been a matter of concern to Iranian circles in the past years. Some Iranian circles immediately pointed the finger of blame at those in charge of the project, which prompted the Institute for Environment and Climate Change Studies Department in Iran to organize its first scientific conference under the title “The role of possible regional interventions in changes in rainfall”. , which denied the project's ability to destroy or dehydrate clouds in the sky.

Following growing conversations among Iranians on social media platforms and Persian media about the causes of the decline in late dynasties and the possibility of human manipulation in climate change, Ali Seljuqa, head of the “Iranian Environmental Protection Sector”, directed the institute to investigate the matter. The National Center for Environment and Climate Change studied these allegations in their country, but they did not reach any conclusion. There is strong scientific evidence that clouds can be stolen or dispersed using the runaway phenomenon.

For his part, Tajrishi confirmed that the information available to him confirms the failure of the US HARRP project to control climate.

Seljuk (Iranian press)
Seljuk: Research has not found any scientific evidence that proves the possibility of stealing clouds or destroying them using the Harp phenomenon (Iranian Press).

climate engineering

For his part, Mohammad Darwish, former assistant to the president of the Iranian Environmental Protection Organization and head of the environmental protection committee at the UNESCO Chair for Social Health, who previously supervised several research projects on the environment and climate change, confirms that some Eastern and Western powers have already launched huge climate control programs.

Speaking to Al Jazeera Net, Darwish said, “The United States, China and the Israeli entity have spent a lot over the last two decades to ‘engineer the climate’ and control it, but they did not get the desired results. ” He said humans cannot control more than 20% of cloud cover today or prevent it from raining.

He pointed out that some developed powers are facing huge fires in their forests, but they are unable to control the climate and rainfall to extinguish these fires. He attributed the low rainfall rates in his country to air pollution, excessive construction. told. Dams, and high temperatures, which contribute to the destruction of clouds when they reach the Iranian sky.

Darwish said that his country started programs about cloud seeding and cloud seeding about half a century ago, but they have not yet significantly affected the rate of celestial descent.

Darwish says Western and Eastern powers have spent too much on climate engineering (Al Jazeera)
Darwish: Western and Eastern powers spend too much on climate engineering (Al Jazeera)

Most Important Challenges

Downplaying the importance of the human factor's ability to control climate has not yet quelled the heated debate in Iran about the causes of low rainfall in a country that is “severe and very humid over 61% of its territory.” is suffering from severe drought,” according to Babak Naqahdari, head of the Iranian parliament's research center.

Nakadari considers “climate change phenomena to be the most significant challenge” facing his country in the coming decades, and warns of its negative impacts on the environment, food security, energy, infrastructure and urban management.

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