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Study: Gradual Rises in CO2 Can Lead to Climate Tipping Points

A study published in Nature Geoscience examines how gradual CO2 changes can trigger rapid warming.

It’s a familiar story for anyone concerned with environmental issues: the more we learn about the natural systems with which human activities interact, the more we discover that we don’t know enough about them to predict unwanted consequences. Science Daily reports that new climate calculations from researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute and the University of Cardiff suggest that even gradual increases in CO2 can lead to “tipping points” that have significant impact on ocean circulation and climate.

“Our simulations indicate that even small changes in the CO2 concentration suffice to change the circulation pattern, which can end in sudden temperature increases,” said the lead author. Details here.