Toasted Planet Thursday


Thermohaline circulation (THC) is a part of the large-scale ocean circulation that is driven by global density gradients created by surface heat and freshwater fluxes.

Scientists have found new evidence that the Atlantic Ocean’s circulation has slowed by about 15 percent since the middle of the last century. If it continues to slow, that could have profound consequences for Earth’s inhabitants.

Studies suggest it would mean much colder winters and hotter summers in Europe, changing rainfall patterns in the tropics, and warmer water building up along the U.S. coast that can fuel sea level rise and destructive storms. The changes in the North Atlantic could also intensify streams of icebergs into shipping lanes and coastal ice jams that hinder navigation.

There are already signs that the weakening is having an effect. In 2015, scientists traced the imminent collapse of the commercially important cod fishery in the region to rapidly warming water in the Gulf of Maine, which fits the pattern of slowing Atlantic circulation. Record-warm water off the East Coast that helped fuel 2011’s destructive Hurricane Irene, as well as Superstorm Sandy a year later, appears to fit that pattern, as well, according to NASA.

So what exactly is going on here?


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14 Responses to Toasted Planet Thursday

  1. Den says:

    Two words: we’re doomed

    But I’m an optimist…


  2. jim hitchcock says:

    Old but still gold:

    ODE TO SEAN HANNITY — By John Cleese

    Aping urbanity
    Oozing with vanity
    Plump as a manatee
    Faking humanity
    Journalistic calamity
    Intellectual inanity
    Fox Noise insanity
    You’re a profanity


  3. °¿º Carol says:

    Yes, doomed. The people w/ the money refuse to take Mother Earth seriously and don’t give a rip if they bump humanity off.


  4. °¿º Carol says:

    Had an early lunch with my political friend, Rita…the retired lawyer. We were talking about a drug her son has to take that if he didn’t apply for SSI and get Medicaid would be $1,000 month. I told her drugs can be ordered from Canada, and she said that was illegal. I told her Bob got one of his inhalers via Global Pharmacy in Canada and if he didn’t do that he would have had to stop taking his medicines by the middle of the year because of the doughnut hole.

    So, I told her…screw the law. It’s about self-preservation. She’d change her tune in a heartbeat if she was up against expensive drugs like Bob and her son.

    Her son is around Jill’s age and has mental issues, Bi-polar. He can’t keep a job, can’t take care of himself and she’s getting old (a year older than me) and encouraged him to get on the SSI so he can have something to take care of himself with.


  5. °¿º Carol says:

    Another gorgeous day, sunny and breezy. Did I mention I got the trash burned yesterday morning, hooray? When I got home from the lunch I started cleaning the garage. Man, even THAT is getting hard to do. I had to keep sitting down. My back gets weak, something it never did 6 months ago. Guess it’s part of the falling apart.

    I have my tree people coming tomorrow to relieve me of all the brush piles I have. I’m too scared to burn it all. I was brave all these years hear, but my age is making me fearful of a lot of things. Since I control the purse strings, what the hell. I called Wanda. It probably will cost around $100, that’s totally reasonable to me. They’ll grind it all up, spit it out on the ground and Brian can come over and get the wood chips to spread at Jill’s house.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Chittering robins and flying insect eaters. The tail of a rabbit hopping into the tall grass. I have never before heard a robin make that sound; must be from south of the border.

    Day 5: 274+54=328 minutes.


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Gail Collins is witty today.


  8. Micki says:

    Here’s a GREAT BIG beautiful story!

    It’s not all bad out there!


  9. Micki says:

    As for me, I still believe that a person can correct a lot of “movement” ailments by moving more, but with more intention.

    Can’t explain it. But, for me, it works.

    I am NOT pretending that we don’t age…there is no cure for aging. It’s part of the life cycle. We live…we die.

    I hope I don’t live so long to “outlive” my usefulness.


  10. Den says:

    Someone had too much coffee again:


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