High temperatures in the North Atlantic and little ice in the Antarctic herald a warmer world, according to study

High temperatures in the North Atlantic and record lows in the amount of ice in the Antartic Ocean observed last year are much more severe than what would supposedly occur on Earth at current levels of warming. They are more like what happens with double the current warming, according to a new study.

The study's lead author is concerned that this “be a harbinger of what is to come in the coming decades” and it not only worries you, but makes you wonder why these two climate indicators were so far from what was expected.

A study published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society compared the temperature of the North Atlantic and the level of ice in the Antarctic, on the other side of the planet, with computer simulations. Such reductions in sea ice levels and well-above-normal temperatures in the North Atlantic are supposed to occur periodically in a world that has warmed 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 Fahrenheit) since pre-industrial times.