Scientists have long warned of the drastic effects of climate change, but a new study suggests something is coming that is straight out of science fiction.
The Earth may soon be facing the apocalypse. That’s what a new study published in the journal Science Advances is claiming, something that sounds a bit like a disaster film like 2004’s “The Day After Tomorrow.” And it’s because of climate change, they’re saying.
Scientists have long been predicting that global warming could result in more violent storms, famines, rising sea levels and host of other problems, but it could also disrupt the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, which carries warm surface water toward Greenland before sinking to cool it and then flowing back toward the equator, according to a statement from Yale University.
If the AMOC were to collapse, it would result in prominent cooling over the northern North Atlantic and nearby areas and a significant migration of the rain belt over the tropical Atlantic, among other changes This would cause surface temperatures to plunge by as much as 12.6 degrees Fahrenheit over northwest Europe, for example. That would completely change the world as we know it, and lead to utter devastation.
“We show that the possibility of a collapsed AMOC under global warming is hugely underestimated,” said Wei Liu, a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University and lead author of the study. “In current models, AMOC is systematically biased to be in a stable regime,” Liu said. “A bias-corrected model predicts a future AMOC collapse with prominent cooling over the northern North Atlantic and neighboring areas. This has enormous implications for regional and global climate change.”