Climate scientists have spotted warning signs of the collapse of the Gulf Stream, also popularly known as our world’s crucial tipping point. Reported first by The Guardian, Potsdam Institute researchers have discovered a rather surprising loss of stability of the warm water currents over the previous century that they call ‘Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation or AMOC. The currents have been spotted at their slowest point in nearly 1,600 years and the most recent analysis revealed that this could be coming to a complete halt.
In case you were wondering if it’s a big deal — it is. It could severely disrupt the way rains function, especially in areas like India, South America and West Africa. It would also increase the frequency of storms while lowering temperatures in European nations while also resulting in the sea level off eastern North America to rise considerably. This would also affect the Amazonian rainforest as well as Antarctic ice sheets.
He warned stating that you know the kind of CO2 levels that would trigger an AMOC collapse, “So the only thing to do is keep emissions as low as possible. The likelihood of this extremely high-impact event happening increases with every gram of CO2 that we put into the atmosphere”.