Evidence suggests the Earth’s climate has reached critical thresholds in the past, triggering abrupt change. Climate models suggest such thresholds could be reached again as the Earth warms from increasing greenhouse gas emissions. So what do we understand about the current risks?

The following infographic developed by the UK Met Office presents what the thresholds of the climate system are: the map shows the location of different parts of the climate system that show threshold behaviour, with an overview of their potential for abrupt change, reversibility and impacts.

Credit: UK Met Office (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/binaries/content/assets/mohippo/pdf/climate/cop23/dangerous_climate_thresholds_final_v1.0.pdf)

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