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Neglected African ocean current may help keep Europe warm

from BBC Science

In 2007, the Nobel Prize winning group, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicted that the North Atlantic region would experience net cooling due to the weakening of the Gulf Stream. A group of researchers have published a new study in Nature that suggests that changes to the Agulhas Current could keep Europe warm even if the Gulf Stream switches off. The Agulhas Current flows southward down the eastern coast of Africa, and although most of the water heads east back into the Indian Ocean, some of it leaks around Africa's southern tip — Cape Agulhas — and flows into the Atlantic. more


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