June 13, 2024

Scientists have warned that Antarctic currents could collapse and cause a climate “catastrophe”.

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Scientists have warned that Antarctic currents could collapse and cause a climate “catastrophe”.

  • author, Tom Housden
  • roll, From BBC News in Sydney

A new report released by a team of Australian scientists warns that the rapid melting of ice in Antarctica is causing a severe slowdown in deep ocean currents and could have a catastrophic impact on climate.

According to the study, the deep water flows that drive ocean currents could decrease by 40% by 2050.

These currents transport vital heat, oxygen, carbon and nutrients around the world.

Previous research suggests that a slowdown in the North Atlantic Current may be causing Europe to cool.

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