This site has been focusing a lot on Antarctica recently, or rather, there have been a lot of interesting scientific research published recently about that part of the world. Antarctica’s role in global warming is quite complicated, though one cannot doubt for a second that it is an important part of the puzzle.
With that said, strangely enough, the melting of the polar ice in Antarctica may have another side effect — Great Britain and other parts of Northern Europe could begin to suffer abnormally cold winters.
As popularized in the movie, ‘The Day After’, the melting of the polar ice in Antarctica is slowing down the global thermohaline circulation.
Basically, the thermohaline circulation is responsible for pushing warm water from the equatorial regions up towards Great Britain and Northern Europe. As this circulation slows, less warm water will reach England, resulting in much colder winters. Great Britain is as far north as Newfoundland, or Moscow, or the Aleutian islands — should the thermohalince circulation slow down enough, image London as cold as Moscow.
This does not mean global warming will slow down. Average global annual temperatures will rise precipitously — however, some places will heat up more than others. The English might actually welcome freezing winters as a chance to cool off from the summer heat.
The world is such an amazing place.