'Bad News' for Humanity: A Critical Climate System Could Collapse Sooner Than We Thought
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A new study published in Science Advances reveals that the Atlantic Ocean currents are on track to reach a tipping point that will have a significant impact on global climate. The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC), which redistributes heat around the planet, plays a crucial role in stabilizing climates from Europe to the equator. The study used advanced computer modeling to predict the consequences of the AMOC shutting down and found that it could potentially plunge parts of Europe into a deep freeze and alter the Amazon rainforest's ecosystem.
We're on track towards a cliff-like tipping point where Atlantic Ocean currents abruptly shut down, according to a study published Friday in Science Advances.
The study disputes previous estimates that the AMOC shutting down might disappear when factoring in the complexities of the climate system. The researchers' predictions match up with ancient climate evidence that the AMOC has gone through periods of flux with devastating consequences. The study used a global climate model called The Community Earth System Model to create a computer model, which accounted for various components such as the atmosphere, sea and land ice, land, rivers, oceans, and waves.
This latest paper, which is based on the most advanced computer modeling so far, disputes this theory. This is bad news for the climate system and humanity, the authors write in their study, adding that their predictions match up with ancient climate evidence that the AMOC has gone through periods of flux, with devastating consequences.
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