As a rule I almost never link to disinformation websites, but this is funny. I'm guessing a combination of blind bias and a busy schedule (one must try to be charitable) have caused Anthony Watts to completely misinterpret a research paper, published today in Nature Climate Change.
I'm sure he will correct it and put his usual dog whistle in front of the title (ie, 'claim'), but I'm also sure Sou from HotWhopper has archived yet another prime example of Watts' wishful thinking, fueled by his climate risk denial.
Watts says 'Study: Arctic sea ice retreat due to ocean circulation changes', but of course, it's the other way around: Ocean circulation changes due to Arctic sea ice retreat. Or as this Washington Post reporter has put it aptly:
Melting Arctic sea ice could be disrupting the oceans’ circulation
- with major consequences
A close up view of the Greenland Sea, June 21, 2014 (NASA Earth Observatory)
We already know that melting sea ice in the Arctic is bad news. Less ice means less habitat for animals like polar bears, and it also means there are fewer reflective surfaces in the North to bounce sunlight back into space, allowing the planet to absorb more heat. And as global warming continues to warm up the Earth, we’re only going to lose more ice.
A study released Monday in Nature Climate Change is drawing attention to yet another ice-related problem — one that could cause some large-scale consequences. According to the study, retreating sea ice could disrupt a major ocean circulation pattern and even affect climate patterns in Europe.
As it turns out, sea ice in the Greenland and Iceland seas is an important player in the workings of a powerful ocean current known as the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. This current acts as a kind of conveyor belt, carrying warm water from the equator to the poles, and then shuttling cold water back to the tropics where the cycle starts all over again. The Atlantic overturning circulation, in turn, is the Atlantic branch of a much larger global overturning circulation, which shuttles water all over the globe.
Read the rest here, don't go to Watts' conspiracy disinformation den.