The system of currents that cross the Atlantic and guarantee north-western Europe mild temperatures could be seizing up, as some climatologists concerned about man-made global warming had predicted. .
A study to be published Thursday in the British scientific journal Nature advance that the tepid current that bathes the European coasts would have recorded in half a century a decrease of 30% of its flow.
The system of Atlantic currents is formed by a hot "rising" part, the famous Gulf Stream, extended by the North Atlantic drift, and two "descending" branches leading back, from the east and the west. , its waters cooled towards the Equator, where they warm again.