A leaked, 4 000-page report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows how significantly climate change will reshape life on Earth in the coming decades, even if greenhouse gas emissions are curbed. It is considered the most comprehensive report on how climate change is upending the world.  

What is Happening?

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What Are Tipping Points?

What are the Takeaway Points?

Bob Ward, the policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, said: “Scientists have identified several potential regional and global thresholds or tipping points in the climate beyond which impacts become unstoppable or irreversible, or accelerate. They could create huge social and economic responses, such as population displacements and conflict, and so represent the largest potential risks of climate change. Tipping points should be the climate change impacts about which policymakers worry the most, but they are often left out of assessments by scientists and economists because they are difficult to quantify.”

Simon Lewis, a professor of global change science at University College London, said, “The exact timing of tipping points and the links between them is not well understood by scientists, so they have been under-reported in past IPCC assessments. The blunter language from the IPCC this time is welcome, as people need to know what is at stake if society does not take action to immediately slash carbon emissions.”

What Can We Do?

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