Gulf Stream

The gulf stream (along with other parts of the global thermohaline circulation system) is a huge river of water flowing in the ocean.

The Gulf Stream Explained
How do ocean currents work? – Jennifer Verduin

The worry is that the gulf stream will collapse or reconfigure due to climate change

Is the Gulf Stream collapsing?
From the video’s description: “The Gulf Stream and the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation exert a huge influence on heat and energy distribution around our planet. Research shows that our warming atmosphere is affecting this vital system so profoundly that it’s at risk of shutting down altogether with very severe consequences for our civilization. So what’s going on?”
New Studies Show Ocean Currents Are Weakening, Could Lead To More Extreme Climate – From the video’s description: “According to two new studies an Atlantic Ocean current that helps regulate the global climate has reached a more than 1,000-year low. This could mean more extreme weather across the Northern hemisphere as well as increased sea level along the U.S East Coast. They could also have an impact on ocean ecosystems that rely heavily on ocean currents for their food supply.”
NASA Visualization of Earth’s Thermohaline Circulation system

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