Multiple climate tipping points could be triggered if global temperature rises beyond 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, according to a major new analysis published in the journal Science. The international author team, including TiPACCs researcher Ricarda Winkelmann, synthesised evidence for sixteen tipping elements, their temperature thresholds and related timescales. They find that even at current levels of global heating the world is already at risk of passing five dangerous climate tipping points, and risks increase with each tenth of a degree of further warming. Among the most vulnerable tipping elements are the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets.
Link to the study: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abn7950
Tipping points explainer: https://www.pik-potsdam.de/en/output/infodesk/tipping-elements/