Could Used Car Tires Stop Future Hurricane Devastation?

For years scientists have been looking at ways to prevent or at least ease the destruction that hurricanes inflict on some unfortunate parts of the planet which at the very least costs governments vast amounts of money to “clean up”  and at worst causes the tragic loss of many lives.

Over the years there have been many theories as to how this could be achieved ranging from geo-engeneering plankton blooms in the ocean to absorb some of the excess carbon dioxide that we have created, positioning mirrors (either one large one of many hundreds of small ones) to deflect the Sun`s rays away from the planet and back out into space or positioning a suitably large asteroid in space, blasting its surface and allowing the resulting dust cloud which would be held in the asteroids gravitational pull to encompass the Earth thus protecting us from the harmful rays of the Sun. All of these ideas are designed to cool the planet and by doing so they would effectively remove the atmospheric conditions that are needed for hurricanes to form in the first place.

Admittedly some of these ideas do seem a little far fetched but one British scientist, professor of engineering design Stephen Salter of the Edinburgh University has devised a plan to cool the ocean with the help of thousands of used tires.

His plan involves using clusters of used tires to form pipes/giant tubes that would extend up to 100 meters into the deep ocean, waves would then force the warm surface waters down into the cooler waters below where a system of valves would ensure that the warmer waters could not come back up. This process would allow the warm surface water to mix with the cool waters of the deep effectively cooling the temperature of the surface to below 26.5 degrees Celsius, the critical temperature at which hurricanes start to form.

Salter quotes…

“If you can cool the sea surface, you would calm the hurricanes. I estimate you would need about 150-450 of these structures. They would drift around and send out radar signals so that no one would collide with them.”

Salter has patented the idea with help from Intellectual Adventures (backed by Bill Gates) naming it “Salter Sink.”

There are many that say, and rightfully so, that we should all be actively working toward reducing the damage we have done and keep doing to our atmosphere and therefore our planet but many leading scientists believe that this simply will not happen and alternative solutions need to be found. The most obvious solution would be to reduce our carbon emissions but for reasons such as economic, cultural, political and our general reluctance to change the way we behave this is by no means an easy task.

Research indicates that the average global temperature will rise by 2 to 11.5 degrees come the end of the century and it is, unfortunately, widely believed that we will be unable to change our ways until it is too late to make a difference.

 

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