Cloud seeding bears no rain in Sri Lanka

first_imgClimate Change, Drought, Energy, Environment, Technology, Water, Water Crisis Article published by dilrukshi Banner image: Maskeliya reservoir, also known as Mausakelle, where a cloud seeding experiment was carried out on March 22, 2019. Image by  Rehman Abubakr via Wikimedia Commons. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored An experimental attempt by Sri Lanka to induce artificial rain amid a prolonged drought fell short of expectations when the anticipated rain materialized a day late.Despite the setback, the government appears committed to exploring the technology further as it seeks to address power cuts caused by low water levels in its hydropower reservoirs.Scientists have called for comprehensive studies on cloud microphysics, meteorology and observational studies to ensure that such an expensive endeavor is backed by adequate scientific data.With no cost-benefit analysis, climatologists fear that artificial rainmaking may cause adverse impacts over the long term. A recent attempt to induce rain amid a prolonged drought in Sri Lanka has fallen short, but that hasn’t stopped the government from embracing the project, to the dismay of scientists who have urged greater studies into the technology and its long-term impacts.The drought conditions have brought soaring temperatures and regular power cuts in a country where about 8 percent of electricity comes from hydropower. These conditions have frayed the public mood, and the power crisis is expected to continue as water levels in the hydropower reservoirs remain low.To trigger rains in the catchment areas that feed the dams, the government recently carried out an rainmaking experiment. Though it recorded only marginal success, with the results now under review, the government is looking to adopt the technology as part of its long-term solutions, including creating a department for artificial rainmaking under the Ministry of Power and Energy.“We require more rain to meet the country’s hydropower requirement,” Sulakshana Jayawardena, spokesman for the Ministry of Power and Energy and Business Development, told Mongabay.He said Sri Lanka had experienced severe drought conditions in the past two years, with many catchment areas not receiving adequate rain to generate sufficient hydropower. Jayawardena said the reservoirs were only filled up to about 50 percent of their capacity.“We had to explore artificial rainmaking. The annual average rainfall of 2,000 mm [79 inches] is completely insufficient to meet the demand for power,” he said.And the electricity board is keen to avoid the costly exercise of thermal power generation, which accounts for 91 percent of the country’s electricity. Just under half of that comes from burning coal, with the rest from oil. “When there’s limited capacity to generate hydropower, we resort to expensive power purchasing from the private sector,” Jayawardena said. “Besides being expensive, it does not offer a long-term solution.”Jayawardena said generating thermal power cost the state about 12 times as much as hydropower per unit of energy. As such, the government is likely to pursue more rainmaking exercises, he said.But the failed attempt at rainmaking has drawn criticism, with experts calling for scientific assessments before long-term programs are envisaged.Lareef Zubair, a climate scientist dubbed artificial rainmaking an “unproven technology,” and called for comprehensive research on cloud microphysics, meteorology and observational studies.“Let’s first take a holistic look at things,” he said.An expert committee that looked into the rainmaking initiative has called for a better monitoring system and catchment conservation, before making big decisions. Concerns have also been expressed abut poor management of rainfall, with experts saying that Sri Lanka has failed to make maximum use of rain received.Ranjith Punyawardene, principal climatologist at the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Peradeniya has also called for a complete cost-benefit analysis coupled with an environmental impact assessment before undertaking any expensive rainmaking exercise.Meanwhile, Kapila Jayasinghe, chief engineer of the state-owned utility, Ceylon Electricity Board, ruled out any long-term side effects from cloud triggering, citing a past attempt at artificial rainmaking in the 1980s.“The initial feasibility has been concluded and now it is about making a national plan and implementing it,” he said.The process of cloud seeding involves spraying specific chemicals to induce rain. Graphic by Karthik Chandramouli/Mongabay.Late rainThe rainmaking experiment took place March 22, with a Sri Lanka Air Force plane spraying chemicals onto clouds above the Maussakelle reservoir in Central province.The previous month, a team had been sent to study artificial rainmaking at Thailand’s Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation, comprising officials from the Air Force, the CEB, and the departments of meteorology and irrigation.During the experiment, assisted by engineers from Thailand, the rainmakers expected an artificially created downpour over the catchment area later the same day. However, rainfall observed from satellites and in the nearby area of Norwood indicated that the rain occurred the following day, March 23.The Thai experts determined it was still possible to generate artificial rain in Sri Lanka, provided certain environmental conditions were met, top sources from the energy ministry told Mongabay. The source said the team working on the technology had been sent back to the drawing board to gather more atmospheric data before more experiments can be carried out.Meanwhile, Buddhi Marambe, professor of crop science at the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Peradeniya and chairperson, national experts committee on climate adaptation said there should be sufficient checks and balances if rainmaking is to become a long-term program to address the island’s energy crisis.Marambe told Mongabay that it is important to further study rainmaking, if the country intends continuing with more experiments.“If the experiments continue, then certain types of chemicals commonly used for rainmaking, are likely to impact soil and plants. The process also creates cumulonimbus, known as ‘rain clouds.’  Triggering such clouds is expected to trigger high intensity rainfall.  This could result in increasing rainfall in the catchment areas but likely to also result in severe soil erosion in the same areas due to the intensity,” he said.last_img read more

After sorry loss to TNT, ROS focuses on positives heading into playoffs

first_imgTrump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We were not out-rebounded and the important thing is our show of character as we head into the next round.”TNT paraded import Joshua Smith who stands at 6-foot-10 and is a gargantuan 350 pounds against Rain or Shine’s big man the heaviest of which is the 6-foot-5 Beau Belga, who weighs just 220 pounds.Rain or Shine did get outrebounded but it wasn’t too big of a margin with TNT holding a 58-55 edge. “As long as we play the same way today, I think we can beat anybody,” said Garcia. “That’s what I tell my players because we always have to think of the positives and we always have to think we can beat anybody.”For Belga, who admitted he was surprised with Smith’s prowess, the next round is still a time for optimism.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Yap owns up to missed free throws in loss to TNT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Heading into the quarterfinals with a losing record of 5-6, and still uncertain who to face next, Elasto Painters head coach Caloy Garcia said they can’t do much but look into the positives.“We’re just looking at the positives, going into the next round this was a good game for us,” said Garcia. “We played without an import for most of the second half and the locals showed a lot of character despite us being a smaller team against TNT.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundRain or Shine import Duke Crews also got thrown out with 6:51 left in the third quarter after getting called for a technical foul.Crews had been slapped with a questionable flagrant foul penalty 1 earlier in the game. More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “This game was a good sign for us, we know in ourselves that we can win so there’s no need to sulk,” said Belga. “Coach told us that we don’t have anything to lose once we enter the playoffs.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Swing Out Sister back to PH this April PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Rain or Shine didn’t end its campaign in the elimination round the way it wanted to on Sunday.The Elasto Painters had to rally from a 41-25 deficit in the first half only to see its comeback bid end in disappointment following a 105-102 defeat at the hands of TNT.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

“Days Like Dese” Season 2 kicks off

first_img‘Days Like Dese’ — a new sitcom aired on local television channels, was initially launched with a pilot episode  in May 2017. Episodes one to six in Season One were aired from June to November 2017.At a red carpet event on June 29, 2017, at the National Cultural Centre preceded the airing of episode one.Season two consists of six episodes, which began airing on September 7 and will continue until the end of November. Two episodes will be aired per month on eight channels.The new airtimes will be Fridays at 20:00h on Atlantic Cable, Fresh Channel 1;  Saturdays at 20:00h on NTN-69 and 20:30h on TVG-28; Sundays at 19:00h on HBTV-9 and 20:30h on HGPTV-67 and Mondays at 18:30h on Cable26/Ch77 (Berbice). It will also air at 19:00h on MTV-65.Because of the ongoing Caribbean Premier League cricket tournament being aired on NCN 11, the programme will be aired on  Saturday, September 15 at 20:05h instead of September 16 as per schedule.“Days Like Dese” is produced by GEMS Theatre Productions, written by Randolph Critchlow and directed by Randolph Critchlow and Gem Madhoo-Nascimento.The actors in episode one are Nuriyyih Gerrard, Mark Kazim, Simone Dowding, Kirk Jardine,  Rajan Tiwari,  and Simone Persaud. Joining them in the second episodes are Ron Robinson, Lavonne George, Makayah Smith,  Safira Abrahim-William, Mark Luke-Edwards,  Brian Goodman, Olivia Rodrigues, Paul Budnah and Joel Ghansham.“Days Like Dese” is a 30-minute sitcom that delves deep into the daily lives of a diverse ‘socially responsible’ middle class Guyanese family — the Rupauls. The sitcom inspects and highlights the intricacies of family and community interactions through blurred racial and social lens.The sitcom through its intentionally diverse and mixed casting intends to remind us of how connected we really are as Guyanese. The Rupaul family exists not only in a racial blender but a social and generational one; as we get to see how the youth and the older folks try and sometimes struggle to bridge the generational and social gaps.Viewers will feel connected with this family as they journey with them, traversing terrains that may sometimes be considered controversial but always palatable. It is family oriented with a lot of educational information mixed with the comedy.last_img read more

Liverpool fans love Suarez even more after thrashing Neville’s Valencia – tweets

first_img Liverpool fans enjoyed Gary Neville’s Valencia team losing 7-0 1 Luis Suarez tore Gary Neville’s Valencia apart in the Copa del Rey.To the delight of Liverpool fans, Luis Suarez scored four goals in the 7-0 hammering at the Camp Nou.And some were quick to reach out on Twitter to thank their former striker.Neville, meanwhile, claims he will not resign as manager of Valencia where he has yet to win since taking over in December.Here, talkSPORT has collected a selection of tweets from fans.last_img read more

Jim v Joey: talkSPORT presenters clash over David Unsworth and Everton – Listen

first_imgThe gloves were off in the talkSPORT studio on Monday morning as Jim White clashed with Joey Barton over his comments about David Unsworth.Barton launched an astonishing attack on the Everton caretaker boss on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast – branding the former defender ‘a glorified PE teacher’.The outspoken former midfielder – and boyhood Everton fan – criticised Unsworth’s weight, said he lacked the managerial credentials to take charge of the team and slammed his pursuit of the job full-time.READ MORE: Joey Barton slams ‘glorified PE teacher’ David Unsworth and warns Everton could be relegatedBut talkSPORT host Jim White said Barton was out of order for his personal attack on Unsworth, and called him out live on air in Monday morning’s show!Listen to their on-air bust-up IN FULL above!Who do YOU agree with? Have your say in the poll below…last_img read more

Tottenham Premier League report card: Spurs are on the rise after a patchy start

first_img Winks has been impressive for boyhood club Tottenham this season ReportMauricio Pochettino’s men looked as if they were going to struggle at Wembley but some impressive displays against Liverpool and Real Madrid has given them confidence. Their dismantling of the Reds in October was a watershed moment in Spurs establishing themselves at Wembley, and the club has steadily risen up the table. Grade: B+ 2 2 After a patchy start, Spurs appear to have carried on the good momentum from last season as they look to establish themselves as serious title contenders. Tottenham have also had to adjust to playing at their temporary new home at Wembley which they are slowly but surely putting their stamp on. League position: 3rd (23 points) Best game: Tottenham 4-1 Liverpool Worst game: Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea Best player: Harry KaneAfter a typically frustrating August for the striker, where he is yet to score a Premier League goal, Kane has exploded into form this season since.He made the 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist with some backing him to make the final three. The season has also seen academy graduate Harry Winks make an increasingly positive impact on the Spurs and England teams as well.last_img read more


first_imgPat the Cope Gallagher MEP has today addressed the European Parliament in Strasburg to condemn the murder of Constable Ronan Kerr in Omagh on Saturday.He thanked the European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek for his statement describing the attack as a pointless and despicable crime.Following today’s Parliament sitting, MEP Gallagher commented: “President Buzek’s strong condemnation of the callous murder of Constable Ronan Kerr shows that Europe stands firmly behind Ireland in our refusal to accept a return to the violence of the past. “In Strasburg today, I spoke on behalf of every member of the European Parliament in expressing my shock and outrage at this heinous crime. This was a cowardly act, carried out by deluded killers who believe they can break the peace on our island.“But Ireland will not be returned to a time of fear and violence and the murder of Ronan Kerr only serves to remind us of that. Every support must be given to the PSNI to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.“I wish to pay tribute to Ronan’s mother, Mrs Nuala Kerr, for her courageous statement urging Catholics not to be dissuaded from joining the PSNI.“She has displayed remarkable courage at a time of enormous personal grief. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.” PAT THE COPE LEADS TRIBUTES TO RONAN KERR IN EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT was last modified: April 4th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:European ParliamentPat The Cope GallagherRonan Kerrtributelast_img read more

Scottish FA confirm Project Brave elite academy list

first_imgScottish FA performance director Malky Mackay said: “This is a significant milestone for Project Brave. Club Academy Scotland is a fundamental part of the process and a lot of work has gone into developing the criteria used to assess the clubs. From day one this has been a collaborative activity.”“What I would like to stress is that the bandings are not fixed and they will be reassessed in June 2018. No door is closed to clubs outside of the elite bracket with aspirations to move up.”Mackay has been tasked with improving the development of elite players and implementing a radical overhaul of professional youth structure and funding.The plan will cut the number of funded elite players from around 3000 to nearer 1000 as well as targeting the funding for academies.The governing body’s strategy has proved controversial, with some clubs concerned at the expense required to meet the eligibility criteria for elite academies.Clubs are expected to have a minimum number of full-time coaches, have long-term planning in place and will be measured on outcomes such as number of academy players in their first team, number on loan and level of success. Elite clubs will play each other three times a season and play performance level clubs once.Clubs were graded on a range of criteria including staffing and facilities, with measurable performance outcomes also taken into account.The top tier clubs will continue to receive funding from the governing body with additional funding for reaching the objectives.Clubs outwith the highest level will still receive some funding to continue their development work. The Scottish FA has released further details of its plans to reshape youth player development as part of its Project Brave strategy.Aberdeen, Celtic, Hamilton, Hearts, Hibernian, Kilmarnock, Motherwell and Rangers have all been accepted as elite clubs, with two lower tiers for clubs who did not meet the entry criteria.The governing body has grouped other clubs into progressive and performance categories as it maps out the structure for all age group football up to under-18 level for the start of the 2018/19 season.Ayr United, Dundee United, Forth Valley, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Partick Thistle, Ross County, St Mirren and St Johnstone are all placed at progressive level with Dundee, Fife, Morton and Queen’s Park at performance level.last_img read more

Aberdeen boss McInnes rues loss of Rooney to Salford

first_img“What is clear is Salford are a very ambitious club, they are in a hurry to get through the leagues.Rooney becomes the latest player to switch from Pittodrie to England’s lower leagues, with Fraser Fyvie and Ryan Fraser amongst those to go south in recent years.McInnes said the Reds face a continual challenge to warn off potential English suitors from poaching their top talent.He added: “Like I say, Salford were given no encouragement but they’ve certainly shown ambition to get Adam.“It is a challenge for us to retain our players a lot of time, we’ve lost players to League One which I don’t think a club like Aberdeen should be.“I see the levels but there is no criticism about it, Adam has gave me his reasons why he wanted to go and Salford are in a hurry to do well.“It’s disappointing but we deal with it and will try to get players in.”With a Europa League showdown with Premier League outfit Burnley looming, McInnes said Rooney’s departure reinforces the need for the Dons to quickly bolster their front-line.“There are a couple of key areas,” he said. “I was looking to bring in a forward anyway but that becomes even more pressing.“The timing isn’t ideal, we’ve known about this for the last few weeks and tried to delay it as long as we could but it came to the point where we ran the risk of losing the deal for Adam and I’d gave him my word.“We’re concentrating on bringing in a front player and a right-sided defender, they are the key positions.“I think there’s this feeling we are able to go out and pay x amount on player wages and transfer fees, we don’t it’s difficult.“It’s becoming more of a challenge to improve and get players here to the club but it is one we are prepared to meet head on.“The Burnley game highlights the importance of getting players in quickly.” Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes rued the loss of Adam Rooney to England’s fifth tier after the forward completed a move to Salford City. Rooney has brought his four-and-a-half year stint with the Dons to a close by penning a three-year deal with the ambitious National League newcomers.The Irish attacker was the Dons’ top marksman across each of his full seasons at Pittodrie.McInnes said he offered neither Rooney or Salford any encouragement to make the move but eventually gave the switch the green light after a chat with the 30-year-old striker. He said: “It’s with a heavy heart that he moves on, he’s a fantastic boy.“Adam gave me his reasons as to why he wants to move on, he was given no encouragement and Salford were given no encouragement to do a deal.“We spoke to him and said the opportunity to remain and fight for his place was there but these things happen, we wish him well.“It’s a surprise, maybe, where he has ended up but we’ll now try and use the money we got for Adam to bring in someone else.last_img read more

Mustangs Back In Tournament Action On Tuesday

first_imgThe Smoky Mountain High School Mustangs basketball teams head to Tuscola on Tuesday for the second round of the Western North Carolina High School Athletic Association Tournament.  On Friday the top seeded Smoky Mountain High School boys defeated the Brevard Blue Devils 82 to 46, Number three seed Pisgah slipped by East Henderson 60 to 48, and Tuscola earned the right to face the Mustangs with their 53 to 41 win over West Henderson. In two meetings this season the Mustangs took a 79 to 72 point overtime win surviving a scare after Jayce Wolfe left the game with a severe ankle sprain which kept him out of action for a month. In the second meeting on January 19th the Mustangs dominated action 85 to 46. The tip-off for the game will be at 5:30  The Tournament will feature the Pisgah Bears and North Henderson at 8:30.IN GIRLS ACTION: The Smoky Mountain High School Lady Mustangs will take on Tuscola with a 4:00 p.m. tip-off at the Tuscola Gym. On Friday; Top Seeded Smoky Mountain walloped East Henderson 48 to 28 in Sylva. Also Friday  Number two seed Pisgah beat North Henderson 58 to 32, number three seed Franklin over the number six seeded Brevard 50 to 31, and number four seed Tuscola over number five seed West Henderson 50 to 45.  Those outcomes set up the pairing for the Tuesday night games. In the two prior games with Tuscola the Lady Mustangs have been victorious winning 58 to 28 in December and 62 to 47 in January.The games on Tuesday from Tuscola will be aired live on 540 WRGC  with Roy and Janice Burnette bringing you all the action.The JV Games have been cancelled.last_img read more