Typhoon submarines are the largest ever built and apparently they are little used anymore and they are simply rusting away. They could be used for 1. slowing the rise in temperature in Antarctica and 2. simultaneously, creating more clouds for lowering the Earth’s overall temperature and 3. generating power for creating electricity, for any use such as capturing CO2.
These retired Russian submarines could be used to help control global warming. The method is to do three separate but very obvious things for which these huge machines would be ideally suited.
There exists on Earth a very large and constant weather pattern around Antarctica. It occurs because ocean water and the air over it can circulate entirely around the continent at the latitude where the Hadley atmospheric cells meet, which stabilizes the Earth’s unequal heating from the Sun by flowing air from the equator towards the poles. Over the course of a single year almost all of the energy that comes from the Sun to the Earth re-radiates back into outer space. If it didn’t the Earth would heat up very quickly to a much higher temperature than we could tolerate.
If we could control this flow of energy we could control the temperature of the entire Earth. Also, because the energy available being discussed is many times what humans currently use, it would be possible to tap some of that energy for our use. The method I propose will sound strange at first but there is nothing to prevent it from having an effect. The only question would be will the effects be sufficient to prevent the inevitable trend humanity is presently creating from precipitating a disaster. Desperate times will soon call for desperate measures, but if we get started soon enough we may still save the Earth.
The idea is to create clouds by pumping sea water to an altitude of a thousand meters, probably less, and letting it fall back toward the sea. The act of falling would break the water up into droplets and soon evaporate them. These would form the clouds. The sea water would be carried up through pipes that would be held aloft by large kites being pulled along by the constant winds. The kites could be anchored to the bottom of the sea, but a better method is to attach them to a large submarine, with the pumps, submerged deep enough to avoid the worst of the huge surface waves that inhabit the trans Antarctic seas. The clouds created by this method would reflect sunlight and cool the surface below them.
Another use for these submarines would be to generate electricity. They could do this by having very large propellers on the submarines, which are being towed along by the high-flying kites. The amount of energy available is enormous so the efficiency of this whole process isn’t paramont to its success. The excess electricity, after various necessary operations were performed such as operating the submarines, could be used for a variety of purposes, but one thing that might be very ecologically useful would be to capture CO2, compress it and send it to the bottom of the sea where the pressure is said to keep it in liquid form. Thus it would be out of the atmosphere.
Another use could be to control the flow of tropical wind going toward the South Pole. If less warm air was going poleward, Antarctica would grow colder and the present melting would be slowed and possibly stopped.
Submarines might save the world and civilization instead of destroying it.