Sunday, 11 November 2012

Gratitude Day 12 Rain

Yesterday we finally got some rain. After the hot weather we have had recently we have had to resort to watering the garden and lawn with the hose which is something we really try not to do. However due to the lack of rain the blades of grass have been curling up and turning brown so we have been watering for about a week.

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Then we got a small amount of rain, some more would be wonderful, but I am grateful for any. Something that always amazes me is the water that falls on the grass as rain has immediate and amazing effects whereas days of watering with the hose does not. This obviously has to do with the nutrients in the rain, but the difference is something that you can see within only a couple of hours, quite extraordinary.

Of all the water in the world, only 3% is fresh. Less than one third of 1% of this fresh water is available for human use. With steady increases in global water consumption, many parts of the world are now reaching the limits of their supply. It is predicted that by 2020 water shortage will be a serious worldwide problem.

The good news is, more and more people are reassessing their relationship with water and are searching for ways to make a difference and reduce their consumption. Drought and water restrictions might have passed in most parts of Australia (with Western Australia a notable exception), but we should not forget the lessons learnt in recent years. We came to realise that most gardens had been regularly over-watered as gardeners found that their plants survived, even thrived, despite receiving less water due to restrictions. Water scarcity and rising water costs have made us all far more aware that water is a precious resource.

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When thinking about this problem of water shortage in Australia and researching I came across the Australia Rain Technologies site I hope you find this as interesting as I did. We are just not informed about a lot of what is happening.

They first encountered the Atlant (tm) rainfall enhancement through Ionisation Technology, they were captivated by what it might contribute to a world resigned to unpalatable and enormously inefficient fixes to it's physical challenges or refused to consider such a compromise to life as we know it.

They have spent five years putting together a world leading spatial statistical and econometric evaluation team and an independent panel of scientists and statisticians who assisted with trial designs and provided critical review as they developed their path to a rigorous demonstration of efficacy.

They are now able to present their technologies in light of three successive, consistent trials at the 90% confidence level.

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At any time the atmosphere contains about 10 times more fresh water than the combined fresh water rivers on the surface of the earth. An small fraction of that atmospheric water which condenses as clouds falls as rain, the great majority over the world's oceans. There is a vast quantity of potentially useful rainfall in the sky. Rain enhancing techniques present an obvious solution to water shortages around the world.

The ionisation rainfall enhancement technology present as such a new approach. Even with enhancement at half the levels estimated in field trials to date, is has the potential to extract significant quantities of freshwater from the clouds. At a fraction of the value of such additional water and the cost of current alternative methods augmenting usable water supplies.

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Atlant (tm) is a ground based ionisation system, designed to charge naturally occurring particles, which are then carried into the cloud layer through local winds, to enhance the formation and growth of raindrops and ultimately increase the amount of rainfall reaching the ground downwind of the technology. It is reliant on natural rainfall. It is a 'green' technology, low cost, environmentally friendly, flexible and targetable, and it adds water to the whole environment.

Precipitation is increased over wide areas, agricultural and pasture land, national parks, state forests, wetlands and catchments. This additional water assist in securing sustainable economic and population growth in the regions and counters carbon dioxide emissions as well as minimising and restoring land degradation and biodiversity.

Unlike other schemes with major fixed infrastructure, Atlant (tm) can be easily relocated, and consequently target the areas in most need of rain. Additional rainfall provided by Atlant (tm) has the advantage of delivering water to the whole environment across its target areas, not just to reservoirs. Currently the agricultural industry in particular has limited available options to adapt to reductions in rainfall due to climate change. The Atlant (tm) technology offers agricultural regions an environmentally safe means to return rainfall to previous levels.

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Go on and have a look for yourself if only we would embrace these green answers to our problems instead of destroying mother earth in our greed and power seeking endeavours.

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