Map showing potential tipping points that may be reached if warming continues.

Changes to parts of the Earth system may not always be linear—meaning a small amount of warming producing a small, predictable ecological or physical change. Beyond certain thresholds—tipping points—a small additional warming may trigger transformative change, such as the complete shutdown of an ocean current, or the disappearance of a current biome. The map shows potential tipping points that may be reached this century if warming continues.

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25 June 2015 - 11:11am