An extraordinary world weather situation has developed, withunusually harsh winter weather stretching from central Asiaacross Europe and into North America, as well as floodingacross central Africa. At the same time that extreme cold istaking place in Asia, unprecedented midwinter tornadoes havestruck western Canada and the U.S. Midwest, due to thesudden appearance ofpockets of abnormally high temperatures.There is growingevidence that the unusual weather may be the harbinger ofeven more severe climate change.
In part, these changes are believed due to the unexpectedlyrapid rise of carbon dioxide and methane in earth?satmosphere, but there is also concern that fresh waterflooding into the northern oceans is causing a generalizedweakening of ocean currents. It has been known for some timethat the Gulf Stream is weakening, and it could be that thestage is now set for it to stop altogether, with dramaticand dangerous consequences.
8,000 years ago, the current did stop, with the result thatthe northern hemisphere was cooled by 14 degrees Fahrenheitfor over a hundred years. Cooling on this scale would havean immediate and catastrophic effect on agriculture in thenorthern hemisphere, and result in worldwide food shortages.
The current stopped 8,000 years ago because an ice dam inCanada collapsed, causing an ancient lake to dump a hundredthousand cubic kilometers of fresh water into the NorthAtlantic. This resulted in the sudden collapse of the GulfStream, with consequences, were they to happen now, wouldresult in millions of deaths worldwide from famine, andextreme weather disruptions.
Melt of the north polar cap and the Greenland ice sheettook place at unprecedented speed last summer, promptingscientists to warn that the pole was likely to be ice-freeby the summer of 2012. Melt on this scale is flooding theNorth Atlantic with far more fresh water than was generatedby the collapse of Lake Agassiz, but it is doing thissomewhat more slowly. Scientists have gone from saying thatWhitley Strieber and Art Bell?s ?Superstorm? and the film?The Day After Tomorrow? were exaggerated, to warning thatthe scenario is not so far from happening.
The study that resulted in the discovery that the LakeAgassiz flood had caused the Gulf Stream to stop was carriedout by scientists from the University of Bergen in Norway.They studied sediments on the floor of the Labrador Sea andfound changes that showed that temperatures plummeted whenthe lake failed. The changes took place over a ten yearperiod, in climate conditions that were strikingly similarto those we are experiencing today.
In Whitley Strieber?s book the Key,published in 2001, the mysterious individual who Mr.Strieber has called the Master of the Key, spoke extensivelyabout this danger. His warning led to the publication ofSuperstorm and thus to the Day After Tomorrow.
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