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Tipping Elements in the Earth System: How Stable Is the Contemporary Environment?

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avatar Tipping Elements in the Earth System: How Stable Is the Contemporary Environment?
January 06, 2010 01:00AM
ScienceDaily (Jan. 6, 2010) — A Special Feature of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences presents the latest scientific insights on so-called tipping elements in the planetary environment. These elements have been identified as the most vulnerable large-scale components of the Earth System that may be profoundly altered by human interference. If one or more of those components is tipped -- especially in the course of global warming -- then the age of remarkably stable environmental conditions on Earth throughout the Holocene may end quickly and irreversibly.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091209193728.htm
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