Climate Risks and ‘Hothouse Earth’
- Aug 9, 2018 2:46 pm GMT
A new paper by researchers from a number of institutions, but including the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, has made headlines in many on-line and print media outlets in recent days.
The paper warns of the possibility of a ‘hothouse earth’ condition, which arises due to current warming forcing the existing Glacial-Inter-glacial Cycle to flip to a new cycle characterized by much warmer temperatures. In the opinion of the authors, the flip could occur because of known but uncertain feedback effects in the climate cycle, such as permafrost thawing, rain-forest die-back and increased bacterial respiration in the ocean.
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