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Pakistan: "The Taliban's Godfather"?
Documents Detail Years of Pakistani Support for Taliban, Extremists
Covert Policy Linked Taliban, Kashmiri Militants, Pakistan's Pashtun Troops
Aid Encouraged Pro-Taliban Sympathies in Troubled Border Region
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 227
Edited by Barbara Elias
Posted - August 14, 2007
Taliban 'receives direct support from Pakistan'
Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan receive direct support from the "S" wing of Pakistan's main intelligence agency, according to a report published on Thursday.
Pakistan's main spy agency continues to arm and train the Taliban and is even represented on the group's leadership council despite U.S. pressure to sever ties and billions in aid to combat the militants, said a research report released Sunday.
Rain-making lasers could trigger showers on demand
Lasers that stimulate condensation may help to induce rain artificially.
A few years ago scientists were surprised by the sight of two planes carving a hole through a cloud—which then began spewing snow.
A new study spawned by the accidental discovery solves the mystery behind so-called hole-punch clouds and explains how airplanes can change the weather, at least on an extremely local level.
Scientists have studied hole-punch clouds since the 1940s and have long suspected that planes play a role in their formation. pictures of potentialy new clouds
BEIJING - Chinese weather specialists used chemicals to engineer Beijing's heaviest rainfall of the year, helping to relieve drought and rinse dust from China's capital, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Friday.
Technicians with the Beijing Weather Modification Office fired seven rocket shells containing 163 cigarette-size sticks of silver iodide over the city's skies on Thursday, Xinhua said.
Waters have exceeded the danger level at a key flood barrier in Pakistan's southern province of Sindh.
The Sukkur Barrage flooding means Sindh faces as much devastation as that seen further north in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab provinces, say experts.
Enraged survivors have been physically attacking government officials in flood-hit areas, amid widespread anger at the pace of the relief effort.
At least 1,600 people have died in the region's worst deluge in 80 years.
With more than 14 million people already affected, the monsoon rains show little sign of abating.
GAMES organisers fired 1104 rain dispersal rockets to stop it raining on Beijing's coming out parade.
Chinese authorities have confirmed that in the country's biggest ever "rain dispersal", government "weather changers" began firing rockets into Beijing's blanket of clouds four hours before the Opening Ceremony.
Smoke from Russian fires blankets Moscow
Landmarks reduced to outlines in thick pollution and visibility down to 50 metres in some areas
Russia has mobilised almost 250,000 people to fight the wildfires in the country, as soaring temperatures and high winds continue to fan the flames.
President Dmitry Medvedev has described the situation as a "natural disaster of the kind that probably only happens every 30 or 40 years".
The scale of the damage caused by recent forest fires in Russia's Far East amounts to a world-wide ecological disaster, a United Nations team has said.
The Russian news agency, Itar-Tass, said the team was shocked by the destruction it saw on the island of Sakhalin and the vast region of Khabarovsk near the border with China.
Smoke from forest fires reduces rainfall and spells trouble for the Amazon rainforest
April 14, 2005
Recent studies by NASA scientists have found that heavy smoke from Amazon forest fires inhibits cloud formation and reduces rainfall. This finding, combined with other NASA studies suggesting that deforestation can affect regional climate, means that the Amazon rainforest may be on the verge of a significant environmental transformation.
Devastating floods in Pakistan and Russia's heat wave match projected trends of ever more extremes caused by global warming even though it is impossible to blame mankind for single severe weather events, scientists said.
"From the moment of the foundation of our country, we can say, in the last period of 1,000 years, no similar heatwave has been observed neither by ourselves nor by our ancestors," said Alexander Frolov on Monday.
"This is a completely unique phenomenon. There are no observations of this in the archives," he told a televised news conference.