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Signs of climate tipping points are growing

Tipping ShipScientists have long warned that climate change is not a linear process: global patterns can chug along looking quite normal for long periods of time even as we continue to pump increasing amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and then … bam, a tipping point is reached, pushing us into a new “normal.”

Before that moment, we might see signs of “squealing,” according to a recent paper published in the journal Nature. Squealing happens when a system being pushed toward a critical point shifts back and forth between two states until tipping into a new condition.

It’s happened before, but this time it could happen thanks to the “help” of humans, as these signs might indicate:

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