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Friday, December 2, 2005

 

Alarm over dramatic weakening of Gulf Stream

`The powerful ocean current that bathes Britain and northern Europe in warm waters from the tropics has weakened dramatically in recent years, a consequence of global warming that could trigger more severe winters and cooler summers across the region, scientists warn today. [..]

Disruption of the conveyor-belt current was the basis of the film The Day After Tomorrow, which depicted a world thrown into chaos by a sudden and dramatic drop in temperatures. That scenario was dismissed by researchers as fantasy, because climate models suggest that the current is unlikely to slow so suddenly.

Marec Srokosz of the National Oceanographic Centre said: “The most realistic part of the film is where the climatologists are talking to the politicians and the politicians are saying ‘we can’t do anything about it’.”‘




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