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Climate change: Weakening in Gulf Stream points to dramatic tipping point

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“The climate system is an angry beast and we are poking it with sticks.”

Floating ice as seen during the expedition of the The Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise ship at the Arctic Ocean, September 14, 2020. Climate change may not be as gradual as scientists previously assumed. In fact, recent evidence points to an environmental “tipping point” that could drastically change the climate and appearance of the continents.

As scientist Dr. Broecker famously warned in the late 90’s, “The climate system is an angry beast and we are poking it with sticks.” The beast seems to be rearing its head with an imminent threat of immediate and dramatic changes.

The Gulf Stream, originating in the Gulf of Mexico, is one of the world’s strongest invisible rivers. It circulates enormous amounts of warm water northwards, up America and Canada’s east coast, greatly influencing the world’s temperatures. The currents from the Gulf Stream merge into the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, or AMOC, which then carry the warm water on to Europe and other northern regions.

Recent studies suggested that the currents in the Gulf Stream are weakening. Using deep water sensors in a network spread across the Atlantic Ocean, scientists have tracked these currents and […]

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