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    Default As Climate Change Worsens, A Cascade of Tipping Points Looms

    Fred Pearce
    December 5, 2019

    New research warns that the earth may be approaching key tipping points, including the runaway loss of ice sheets, that could fundamentally disrupt the global climate system. A growing concern is a change in ocean circulation, which could alter climate patterns in a profound way.

    Some of the most alarming science surrounding climate change is the discovery that it may not happen incrementally — as a steadily rising line on a graph — but in a series of lurches as various “tipping points” are passed. And now comes a new concern: These tipping points can form a cascade, with each one triggering others, creating an irreversible shift to a hotter world. A new study suggests that changes to ocean circulation could be the driver of such a cascade.

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    Default Re: As Climate Change Worsens, A Cascade of Tipping Points Looms

    I'm such a Cassandra! Perhaps it is because I live on an island, where the ocean currents are such an important part of our daily lives that I have been harping upon this for many years. Once the great ocean currents have begun slowing down, there will be no turning it around, and life on earth as we know it, including humans, will be over. The temperature differential from poles to tropics drives the currents, upon which all life depends. But as long as the stock market is doing well, who cares, right?

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