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Mon Jul 10, 2023, 08:04 AM Jul 2023

Catastrophic climate 'doom loops' could start in just 15 years, new study warns

By Ben Turner published 2 days ago

Climate "tipping points," such as the loss of the Amazon rainforest or the collapse of the Greenland ice sheet, could come within a human lifetime, scientists have said.

Earth's ecosystems may be careering toward collapse much sooner than scientists thought, a new study of our planet's warming climate has warned.

According to the research, more than a fifth of the world's potentially catastrophic tipping points — such as the melting of the Arctic permafrost, the collapse of the Greenland ice sheet and the sudden transformation of the Amazon rainforest into savanna — could occur as soon as 2038.

In climatology, a "tipping point" is the threshold beyond which a localized climate system, or "tipping element," irreversibly changes. For instance, if the Greenland ice sheet were to collapse, it would also reduce snowfall in the northern part of the island, making large parts of the sheet irretrievable.

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Catastrophic climate 'doom loops' could start in just 15 years, new study warns (Original Post) BeckyDem Jul 2023 OP
Something serious has to be done with no turning back. no_hypocrisy Jul 2023 #1
Yes, the situation demands bold moves. n/t BeckyDem Jul 2023 #2
Also the utilities. ...nt. 2naSalit Jul 2023 #3
We need nuclear power to provide A/C and desalination for people who can't relocate dalton99a Jul 2023 #4
Yep, all viable tools are necessary. n/t BeckyDem Jul 2023 #5


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1. Something serious has to be done with no turning back.
Mon Jul 10, 2023, 08:05 AM
Jul 2023

Buying an air conditioner for 8 to 12 weeks won't solve the problem.

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