Jakarta is notorious for its unclean air, but becoming the city with the world’s worst air pollution took it to the next level. Can man-made rain fix this?
Jakarta Governor, Anies Baswedan, plans to create artificial rain in Jakarta in an attempt to combat pollution has been heavily criticized by Greenpeace.
- Jakarta became the city with the world’s worst air pollution, ahead of cities like Bangkok, Mumbai, and Shanghai.
- The Jakarta government responded with an interesting solution: let’s modifying the weather to induce manmade rain.
- Head of the Technology Application and Assessment Agency (BPTT), has since approved the plan.
- Anies Baswedan aims to execute the plan between July 10 and 15 and is ready to move forward with BPPT approval.
- Head of the Weather Modification Technology Agency (BPPT), Tri Handoko Seto, cites success stories of using manmade rain to address air pollution in Thailand, China, South Korea, and India.
- When it rains, the intensity of air pollution goes down. Pollutants attach to the rain, which washes them away.
- Pollution in Jakarta is a complex problem caused by a myriad of accumulating environmental issues.
- Greenpeace Indonesia climate and energy campaigner Bondan Andriyanu said that instead of taking such a useless measure, the city should focus on controlling the sources of pollutants.
- Cleaning up the air with artificial rain is a temporary solution because the sources of pollutants are still around.
- Anies Baswedan said the plan was still in the preliminary assessment phase and that they needed time to discuss it further.
- TMC Agency chairman Tri Handoko Seto said the expenses would be borne by the city.
- Three manmade rain scenarios will be tested in Jakarta. First, the BPPT will conduct “cloudseeding” using NaCl salt if clouds are present.