Crucial Atlantic Ocean current system gets closer to collapse
Briefly

A new complex computer simulation has found that an abrupt shutdown of Atlantic Ocean currents is looking more likely and closer than previously thought. This shutdown, caused by Greenland's ice sheet melting from global warming, could put large parts of Europe in a deep freeze and have global consequences on weather patterns and ocean circulation. The collapse of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) would change weather worldwide and could lead to food and water shortages. The exact timing of this collapse is still uncertain, but it could be within the next century.
We are moving closer (to the collapse), but we're not sure how much closer, said study lead author Rene van Westen.
The findings of this study highlight the urgency of addressing climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to prevent catastrophic consequences on the planet's climate and ecosystems. The potential collapse of the AMOC underscores the interconnectedness of different components of the Earth's system and the cascading effects that can result from disruptions in ocean currents. It serves as a reminder of the need for immediate action to mitigate climate change and protect vulnerable regions from severe climate impacts.
Other scientists said it would be a catastrophe that could cause worldwide food and water shortages.
Read at www.mercurynews.com
[
add
]
[
|
|
]
more OMG science Briefly
[ Load more ]