After The Day After Tomorrow was released, climatologists fell all over their own feet trying to claim that sudden climate change isn’t all that sudden, really. Shortly thereafter, the Byrd Polar Research Institute published studies of Peruvian glaciers showing that permanent climate change had taken place there in literally a matter of minutes. And now studies of bog sediments in England present a disturbing picture of what happens there when the Gulf Stream stops. has been publishing stories for some time about the slowing of the Gulf Stream, and the UK and northern Europe’s mild, rainy summer is a indication that the process is well under way right now.

So, what was it like in the past? 9,000 years ago and 8,000 years ago, there were abrupt changes in English summer temperatures averaging about 3 degrees. Farther north, the drop would have been even greater. Such a decline would have a dramatic effect on growing seasons, would vastly increase fuel use, cause massive extinctions of plants and animals and, especially while it was first taking place, result in very violent weather.

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