A US-developed weapon system that strikes the atmosphere with a focused electromagnetic beam may cause global warming which leads to reduce the yield of major crops like wheat and maize in India. The government today said that the climate change is likely to be severe than anticipated.
"The US has developed a type of weapon called High Frequency Active Auroral Research Programme (HAARP). The weapon can strike the upper atmosphere with a focused and steerable electromagnetic beam," Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave told the Rajya Sabha.
"HAARP is an advanced model of a super powerful ionospheric heater which may cause the globe to warm and have severe global warming effect," he said.
Dave replied to a question on whether the government is aware of HAARP, capable of effecting devastating impact on the world's climate including that of India which would results in destabilization of agricultural and ecological systems.
He said a study conducted by Indian Council of Agricultural Research has projected the impact of climate change to be adverse in terms of reduction of yield of major crops including wheat, maize, mustard, potato and sorghum.