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Scientists Say Slower Atlantic Currents Could Mean a Colder Europe
Scientists say they have measured a significant slowing in the Atlantic currents that carry warm water toward Northern Europe. If the trend persists, they say, the weather there could cool considerably in coming decades.
Some climate experts have said the potential cooling of Europe was paradoxically consistent with global warming caused by the accumulation of heat-trapping "greenhouse" emissions. But several experts said it was premature to conclude that the new measurements, to be described today in the journal Nature, meant that such a change was already under way.
The currents, branching off from the Gulf Stream, are part of an oceanic system that disperses tropical heat toward the poles and makes Northern Europe far warmer than its latitude would suggest.
Warming, in theory, could stall the salty, sun-heated, north-flowing currents by causing fresh water to build up in high-latitude seas as ice melts and more precipitation falls.
The scientists, from the National Oceanography Center in Britain, measured sea temperature, currents and other conditions across the Atlantic from the Bahamas to Africa last year and found a 30 percent drop in the flow of warming waters since a similar set of measurements were taken in 1957.
Originally posted by Saldorri
I saw a docco about this a few weeks ago, and I am thinking twice about building a winery in the Thames Valley near Reading, if it gets cold enough to freeze over the whole river even into the north sea where the channel ferries would have trouble getting through sea ice.
And this could happen in 50 years or less, and was said the big freeze (during winters) would be almost instant.