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Scientists raise the alarm. A critical moment for the Earth is coming

Scientists raise the alarm. Critical moment for Earth is coming

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Natalia Witulska,
06.12.2023 14:45

Scientists have released the latest report on the Earth's environment, highlighting the critical Global Tipping Points in the climate system. Unfortunately, the report contains no positive news.

Scientists contributing to the Global Tipping Points report have recently published their concerning findings. According to the report, humanity is on the brink of a catastrophic chain reaction that could have devastating consequences. Among other things, we are threatened by the displacement of millions of people due to climate change and financial collapse caused by the warming planet.

Earth is in a massive climate crisis

An international team of over 200 researchers compiled the Global Tipping Points report, which is currently the most comprehensive assessment of the planet's condition ever conducted.

The researchers used evidence from the paleoclimatic record, theory, observations, and advanced computer models to identify and analyse 26 potential tipping points in the Earth system. Experts predict that five of these tipping points are likely to be exceeded in the near future. These include:

  • Greenland ice sheet,
  • the West Antarctic ice sheet,
  • coral reef die-offs,
  • the Labrador Sea and subpolar gyre circulation,
  • permafrost regions.

It is important to note that if global temperatures rise by more than an additional 1.5 degrees Celsius (which could occur as early as 2030), the stability of three more Earth systems could be endangered. Scientists warn that exceeding this limit will trigger a domino effect, where one system's instability will impact the next.

Climate domino effect

"Many people fail to realise that our climate system is in a state of dynamic equilibrium. Therefore, climate change should not be viewed solely as a simple increase in temperature but, more importantly, as a modification in the parameters that govern the functioning of this system. If we do not slow down the temperature increase now, we will soon lose control of the situation. This is because if we surpass certain tipping points, self-sustaining processes will be triggered, resulting in irreversible damage," says Dr Bogdan H. Chojnicki of the University of Life Sciences in Poznań in an interview with RMF24.

Scientists are warning that achieving carbon neutrality by the middle of the century may not be enough to prevent a domino effect and crossing further tipping points. Therefore, governments worldwide should start phasing out fossil fuels immediately.

However, there is also some good news from the report. As per rmf24.pl, the Global Tipping Points analysis notes that the world is increasingly recognising the climate crisis and is beginning to counter it, even if it's just by investing in renewable energy sources.

Source: rmf24.pl

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