06 Apr '11, 5pm

Increase In Fresh Water Flowing Into Arctic Ocean Could Threaten Gulf Stream

effect of the Gulf Steam slowing or stopping on weather across Europe is a familiar theme in talking about the future impact of climate change--the climate there would become decidedly colder if that happened. And it seems that current levels of warming are creating, in the words of New Scientist , "a new and fast-growing pool of fresh water in the Arctic Ocean." The water is mostly coming from melting permafrost and rising rainfall, which is increasing flows in Siberian rivers that drain into the Arctic, such as the Ob and Yenisei. More comes from melting sea ice, says Laura de Steur of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Sea Research in 't Horntje, who is tracking the build-up.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/04/increase-in-fresh...

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