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Climate change: A drastic shift in Atlantic Ocean currents could leave Chicago high and dry

Some scientists worry that a shutdown of an important system of oceanic currents called the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation could push Chicago’s precipitation farther south.
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Scientists detect sign that a crucial ocean current is near collapse

The Atlantic Ocean’s sensitive circulation system has become slower and less resilient, according to a new analysis of 150 years of temperature data — raising the possibility that this crucial element of the climate system could collapse within the next few decades.

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Interactive: How melting ice due to climate change is having surprising global effects

The planet’s massive ice sheets are melting as temperatures rise. Scientists are finding that melt is having surprising and far-reaching effects.

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Global warming is disrupting an Antarctic current system that life on Earth relies on

The most terrifying thing about the abyssal ocean may be the fact that normal life on Earth is dependent on the way water moves through it. If that circulation changes, the repercussions could be devastating for all life on Earth.

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New study finds world's strongest ocean current speeding up

The world’s strongest ocean current, the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, is speeding up, according to new research, mostly because of rising ocean temperatures.