Earth Changes

What If the Ocean’s Climate-Controlling ‘Conveyor Belt’ Came to a Halt?

21E77EA1-707D-4EE1-B93E-ADC7303758D6.jpegFreak floods drown buildings, bone-chilling air flash-freezes pedestrians and ice encases the Statue of Liberty. It sounds like a disaster movie, and well, it is: In 2004’s “The Day After Tomorrow,” the collapse of an ocean current in the North Atlantic sends the world into a whirlwind climate doomsday. And while that ocean current has not actually collapsed, scientists reporting in two new studies have found that it’s weakening, by a lot. In fact, the current hasn’t been this sluggish in 1,500 years — a finding that could carry serious (although not disaster-movie serious) repercussions for weather and sea-level rise in locations around the world……More