Various signals around the world are warning us about climate change. Storms, floods … and a new threat. An ocean current is about to collapse. A team of climate scientists recently discovered it. There is a weakening of the current system of the Atlantic Ocean. It is losing strength, which would affect global heat distribution.
Close to collapse
The Atlantic Southern Reversal Circulation (AMOC) has several functions. It enables the circulation of warm water to the surface of the ocean. It distributes heat energy throughout the ocean and in the atmosphere. And it keeps the mixture of minerals and organic compounds that fertilize the seawater free. Well then: it is approaching collapse. This is indicated by a. there to learn published in the journal Nature Climate Change.
The phenomenon is progressing slowly. But an important turning point is coming. The reason for this change is unknown. What would happen if this ocean current stopped? A climatological reorganization can be generated worldwide. There is evidence that melting ice changes salinity and temperature.
The AMOC can tolerate a certain amount of delay. It remains stable even when the poles melt. It is believed that this web of currents will do so.
The researchers predict that this would have a big impact. Especially in the meteorological and ecological systems of Europe and America. There would be more rain in the Amazon. And productivity losses in Europe.
There is no way of predicting the exact timing of geological events. And even a sudden change can take years. But it is clear that an ocean current is on the verge of collapse. What can be done Science gives some recommendations. For example, keep emissions as low as possible. Every gram of carbon dioxide is dangerous. Because it brings us closer to the likelihood of a global climate catastrophe.