A pair of ocean currents often described as a ‘global conveyor belt’ are nearing a potential collapse according to scientists in a new climate change study

An ocean current known as the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Current is on the verge of collapsing in the near future according to scientists involved in a new climate change study. According to the journal Nature, the current has a chance of collapsing as soon as 2025.

Scientists are warning in a new study that the collapse of the AMOC could come much sooner than the originally thought end of the century. Published by the journal Nature, the vital ocean current acts sort of like a giant global conveyor belt. Without it, the ocean and the water beneath us would not be able to function correctly thereby leading to significant weather changes and much more dramatic winters.

The exact turning point of the current remains uncertain, however, scientists note that without reducing pollution (and related things). the consequences of such a collapse would have wide-ranging effects on everyone on the planet.

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