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The Chinese are well known for their strange experiments and use of nature. Just think about China’s rainmaking escapades, the country’s unstoppable need for damn building and it’s bewilderment over artificial snowflakes. Well this winter, the Chinese have yet another quiet unusual plan. To help solve the water shortage in Peking, the country is putting everything into place to collect and melt snow into water. One hundred cubic meter of snow should be processed hourly this winter.

Parts of the collected snow will be turned into water; some of it will be dumped in neighboring rivers. By doing this, China hopes to put a stop to the yearlong water shortage of it’s Capital.

The water shortage in the city is a result of prolonged drought (for some analysts directly linked to climate change) and the rapid growth of the city’s population.