The huge Atlantic current is slowing down. If it collapses, La Niña could become the norm for Australia

Climate change slowing down The conveyor belt of ocean currents that brings warm water from the tropics to the North Atlantic.

our researchpublished today in Nature Climate Change, looks at the profound consequences for global climate if this entire Atlantic carrier collapsed.

We found that a collapse of this system – called the Atlantic Zulu solstice cycle – would turn Earth’s climate into a La Niña-like state. This could mean more torrential rains in eastern Australia and worse droughts and wildfire seasons in the southwestern United States.

East Coast Australians know what a relentless La Niña can look like. Climate change has loaded our atmosphere with moist air, while The summer of La Niña Ocean warming northern australia. Both contributed to some of the wettest conditions on record, with record flooding in New South Wales and Queensland.