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6 looming climate tipping points that imperil our planet

6 looming climate tipping points that imperil our planet

A UN report details the thresholds we may be close to crossing

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The world is rapidly approaching the “brink of multiple risk tipping points,” the United Nations warned in its 2023 Interconnected Disaster Risks report. Risk tipping points, the U.N. explained, are “when the systems that we rely on for our lives and societies cannot buffer risks and stop functioning.” Throw in accelerating climate change, and “the very practical consequence will be that much more people will live under very precarious conditions — so loss of life, loss of livelihood and loss of opportunities,” Zita Sebesvari, one of the lead authors of the report, told the Los Angeles Times. “It does have cascading impacts.” 

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