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In the 2004 film "The Day After Tomorrow," a climatologist played by Dennis Quaid lectures world leaders about global warming.
"We are definitely going into a world where AMOC is getting weaker," Francesco Muschitiello, the author of a new study about the AMOC, told Business Insider.
Muschitiello's research, published this month in the journal Nature Communications, suggests there could be a cause-and-effect timeline of this slowing current.
The strength of this conveyor belt is partially responsible for the climate in the Northern Hemisphere.
When the AMOC is flowing quickly, western Europe enjoys a wet and warm climate.
Temperatures plummet to negative 150 degrees Fahrenheit, people freeze to death in the streets, helicopters fall out of the sky, and a massive tidal wave engulfs New York City.
Those effects, and the speed at which they occur, were hyperbolized in the film for the sake of moviegoers, but the idea that Atlantic water circulation could shut down isn't outside the realm of possibility. According to a 2018 study, the circulation is the weakest it's been in at least the past 1,600 years.
From a scientific perspective, it is true that global warming can cause the sea level to rise.
This is because global warming accelerates the rise of sea levels by transforming glaciers into water and incorporating that into the oceans.