Whenever it gets cold in Hong Kong I get strangely suspicious. It has been said that Hong Kong won’t have a winter before long due to Global Warming, however, year by year one may tend to wonder if that could possibly be true because the cold weather keeps on coming. But don’t be fooled, this is not your average spout of cold weather.
China is nearby and the winds from China often come down to Hong Kong with it bringing along with it whatever is happening up there.
So this past week, we can thank the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris for our cold weather. What? No joke. China’s face value is on the line for this one because they need to reach an air pollution target before attending. And when face value is at stake, China will do everything in its power to bring on the cold, which in turn washes away the smog and the dreaded PM2.5 Particulate Matter.
We know from past events like the Olympics that China have sprayed the skies with 10’s of thousands of rockets to seed the clouds and wash away the pollution from the ‘measurable’ skies and into the ground water. That they may be doing it again at each opportunity would be no surprise. And if cloud seeding doesn’t solve all of the problems then we can take a few million cars off the roads, shut down the steel factories, or close a few coal power plants until such a point in time when no one is looking anymore.
Guo Hu, director of the Beijing Meteorological Observatory … said meteorologists were fully prepared to use cloud-seeding technology, which was used to disperse rain clouds on the opening day, to ensure a dry closing show at the “Bird’s Nest”.
A total of 1,110 rockets with 15kg of chemical catalysts were fired to stop showers on August 8, when the four-hour opening ceremony was held.
China claims to have met pollution targets, while on the 28th of November, the US embassy in Beijing reported the level of the poisonous, tiny articles of PM2.5 at 391 micrograms per cubic metre.
The World Health Organisation considers the safe level to be 25 micrograms per cubic metre of the particulates.
So whenever the weather takes a turn for the winter woolies in Hong Kong, take a look up north to check out the latest event that China is preparing for, or check who is looking at China and monitoring their polluted skies.