Climate change is weakening the ocean currents that shape weather on both sides of the Atlantic

by Bob Berwyn, Inside Climate News Highlights The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation is a system of ocean currents that distributes heat energy from the tropics towards the poles and causes cold water to flow towards the equator. This system is what shaped the climate of eastern North America and Western Europe, allowing the development of … Read more

Nine ‘tipping points’ that could be triggered by climate change

Timothy M. Lenton et al. (2008): Tipping elements in the Earth's climate system. In: Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences. February 2008, doi:10.1073/pnas.0705414105

by Highlights While climate records are being routinely broken, the cumulative impact of these changes could also cause fundamental parts of the Earth system to change dramatically and irreversibly. These “tipping points” are thresholds where a tiny change could push a system into a completely new state. In some cases, there is evidence that … Read more