Oceans & Forests
Commonly known as the Atlantic "conveyor belt," the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) drives climate throughout the eastern United States, northern Europe, and beyond. The AMOC is now weaker than it's been in 1,600 years, losing some 15 percent of its strength since the middle of the 20th century. The climate impacts of a slowing AMOC are profound. Ironically, its weakening is likely the result of climate change. Another feedback loop in the global climate system.
The sixth warmest year on record, 2013's weather was wild, woolly, and very costly for people, economies, and ecosystems around the world, providing additional evidence of the inter-linkages between anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, a warming world and the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.