What does it mean when someone says that the climate is close to the tipping point?



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    A climate tipping point is when when global climate changes from one stable state to another. Whenever the tipping point is passed, the climate changes to another stable state that is different from the initial stable state. One of the ways to influence or reverse a tipping point change is by using geo-engineering, the aim of which is to manipulate the Earth’s climate to counteract the effects of global warming that result from GHG emissions. 

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    Another way to say it is when things reach a point when it can no longer continue on the way in which it has been, and starts to exhibit different behaviours as a result.  Usually, it shows as a significant jump or increase in numbers.  There are many graphs that show the tipping point visually.  The tipping point term is commonly used for climate change, but can also be applicable to food and water resources, population and various other things.

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