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There is increasing concern that an ocean current could collapse and cause disruptions to weather across the planet. The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, including the Gulf Stream off the U.S. coast, covers thousands of miles, taking warm water from the equator to the Arctic. There, it cools and sinks, eventually returning south and then coming up toward the surface again. As a critical part of the global climate system, the circulation distributes heat around the Atlantic Ocean, regulating weather all over Earth and also carrying nutrients that sustain marine life.
The global ocean conveyor belt is a constantly moving system of deep-ocean circulation driven by temperature and salinity. | Credit: National Geographic
It’s called “Project 2025,” and one of its goals, starting on day one of a Republican presidency, is to completely eviscerate the policies put in place by the federal government to combat climate change. Conservatives have drafted a 920-page detailed blueprint for any Republican who becomes president, which would close renewable energy offices in the Department of Energy and stop the expansion of the electrical grid for wind and solar energy.
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“The era of global warming has ended; the era of global boiling has arrived.” Those were the words of UN Secretary-General António Guterres citing new data from the EU-funded Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) and the World Meteorological Organization showing July is set to be the hottest month on record. Oppressive heat has been felt around the globe from Europe and Africa to China, where temperatures this month in a northwest township soared as high as 52.2C (126F). In the U.S., according to Reuters, one of every two Americans has faced brutally hot and dangerous temperatures.
Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) | Credit: Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona
Wind power is a crucial component of transitioning away from fossil fuels. While the amount of the renewable energy is growing rapidly, there are detractors who say turbines are dangerous for birds. The Audubon Society says that in the big picture, climate change is a much larger threat to our winged friends—and the organization supports wind energy, provided it’s done in a manner that minimizes harm to the animals.
Red7Marine has recently completed the installation of three nearshore artificial nesting structures along the east coast of England on behalf of Ørsted, the global leader in offshore wind. The structures are required as a part of the Development Consent Order for the Hornsea 3 Offshore Windfarm as an ecological compensation measure for a vulnerable seabird species, the Black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla). | Credit: Red7Marine