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Global Warming Has Made Gulf Stream Slowest in 1,600 Years, and That Could Impact Our Weather

Originally posted on The Extinction Chronicles:
By Sean Breslin Gul Stream Slowest in 1600 Years Could Cause Changes in Weather Scientists report concerns over a dramatic slowdown in the Gulf Stream, the ocean current that carries water from the tropics toward the North Pole. At a Glance A new study has found the Gulf Stream is circulating at its slowest rate in at least 1,600 years. Climate change is to blame for the slowdown, the study also concluded. If the circulation stops completely, it would have catastrophic impacts on our weather. For years, scientists have studied a spot in the North Atlantic Ocean that has bucked the trend of a warming world. Now, they know what impact this colder-than-average region is having on the Gulf Stream. According to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature, the Gulf Stream is flowing at its slowest rate in at least 1,600 years, and climate change is the likely culprit. If this slowing trend continues, the researchers fear a shutdown of the Gulf Stream’s circulation is possible in the long-term, and that would have disastrous consequences, bringing rapid sea level rise to the East Coast, more extreme winters to Europe and numerous other side effects. “We know somewhere out there is a tipping point where this current system is likely to break down,” study co-author Stefan Rahmstorf, a climate scientist at Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, told the Associated Press. “We still don’t know how far…

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Magic on Wings~

Like the hummers, we have flown away, to a place where wi-fi doesn’t fly. I can’t get a satellite signal consistent enough to upload, here in The Cook Islands. But, I am getting stunning island vistas. Sending Holler Hummer hopes that you are healthy and well, and looking forward to connecting with you when we fly back to civilization. Until…

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