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    Threat to Global Climate Becoming Increasingly Real: AMOC

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    Feb 12, 2024
    AMOC: Zagrożenie dla globalnego klimatu coraz bardziej realne

    In recent years, scientists have been increasingly focused on the mysterious circulation pattern in the North Atlantic known as the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC). According to the latest research, the threat associated with the weakening or collapse of this system is becoming more and more real.

    At present, scientists are unable to determine exactly when the critical point will be reached, but their analyses suggest that we are closer to it than farther away. Predictions from a few years ago indicated that the AMOC might completely disappear around 2300 at the current rate of change. However, new research shows that the pace of weakening currents may be faster than previously expected.

    The AMOC plays a crucial role in regulating the global climate. It is responsible for transporting heat from the equatorial zone to the North Atlantic and then returning colder waters southward. Thanks to this circulation system, the weather in Western Europe is milder than in other regions at the same latitude.

    In the event of a weakening or collapse of the AMOC, the consequences for the global climate could be catastrophic. Increased temperatures in the North Atlantic, changes in rainfall patterns, and the melting of glaciers are just some of the possible outcomes. Rising sea levels along the eastern coast of North America and heightened risks of extreme weather events are additional threats that could arise.

    In light of these new findings, scientists stress the need for further research on the AMOC and the importance of taking action to protect this crucial circulation system. Understanding its functioning and impact on our planet can help us develop effective strategies to combat climate change.

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