Scientists are issuing warnings about a possible collapse of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Current (AMOC), including the Gulf Stream, if greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current pace. This event could have catastrophic effects on global weather patterns, affecting everyone on the planet. A recent study in the journal Nature indicates that the tipping point for the AMOC could occur as early as 2025, with a more likely timeframe between 2039 and 2070. The AMOC is a crucial system of ocean currents that regulates climate and weather patterns worldwide. Its collapse would lead to extreme winters, sea-level rises, and changes in monsoons.

The instability of the AMOC has been a concern due to the impact of climate change. As oceans warm and ice melts, freshwater enters the ocean, disrupting the current flow. The study analyzed sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic from 1870 to 2020 and identified “early warning signals” of critical changes in the AMOC. While earlier reports predicted a weakening over the century, this study reveals a much more alarming timeline for potential collapse. Urgent action is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow down Arctic ice melting. Failing to address climate change would have severe consequences for global weather patterns, underscoring the need for immediate action.