Melting Arctic Ice Could Cause Major Changes Everywhere
A new study warns of 19 climatic tipping points the Arctic might be heading for — and how those tipping points could effect the whole world.By Ethan Weston | November 26, 2016
Arctic sea ice is melting at such an alarming rate that scientists are warning it might trigger uncontrollable changes across the globe.
The Arctic Resilience Report, published Friday following a five-year study, warns of 19 "tipping points" — conditions that, once met, fundamentally alter the function of an ecosystem.
One of the biggest points of no return in the Arctic would be a change in the thermohaline circulation — an ocean current that distributes heat and ocean water around the globe.