The largest system of ocean currents has practically slowed down

The largest system of ocean currents has practically slowed down
The largest system of ocean currents has practically slowed down
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A scientist from Germany came to the conclusion that in the near future the network of global ocean currents will slow down to critical levels. This will affect the climate in Europe and America, as well as the ecosystem of the Atlantic Ocean.

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The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOS) can be called a kind of pulse of the Earth. This whirlpool of ocean currents carries tropical heat northward. The Gulf Stream is part of the same system.

These currents not only "heat" Europe, but are also responsible for the redistribution of thermal energy throughout the ocean and atmosphere, as well as the movement of minerals and organic compounds in the World Ocean. Over the past 100 years, this "pulse" has slowed to a speed that has not been observed for a millennium.

Climatologist from the Free University of Berlin (Germany) Nicholas Boers conducted his own study, which he published in the journal Nature Climate Change, and came to the conclusion that the slowing down of these currents is not a natural decline, but a sign of global change. The scientist believes that AMOS will soon lose stability.

The system has already changed so much that it will not be able to recover to its previous values. In the near future, according to the expert's forecast, these currents will be extremely weak. All this will have serious consequences for the weather in Europe and America, with corresponding economic shocks for all areas - from agriculture to the tourism cluster. The consequences will also be sad for the ecology and biosphere of the Atlantic Ocean.

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