Oceanographers have confirmed once again that global heating could slow or shut down the flow of currents such as the Gulf Stream, ending northern Europe’s warm water supply with an unexpected and prolonged cold snap. There is fresh evidence from the sea floor that such an ocean shutdown happened many times in the last half a million years of Ice Ages. For the last 10,000 years, tropical water has flowed north from the equatorial regions and washed the shores of Europe, bringing heat to soften the impact of European winters. A former UK chief scientist once calculated that the Gulf Stream kept Britain about 5°C warmer than its citizens had any right to expect, given the latitude at which they lived.
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