In a paper published by the US National Academy of Sciences, a team of global experts shocked the world by stating that "Society may be lulled into a false sense of security by smooth projections of global change,". To prove their point they have come up with nine tipping points - these are escalated climatic events which will occur with small changes in the climate. Imagine tipping water in a glass which does not flow until it reaches a tipping point that is when the water reaches the edge of the glass. In fact the effects of the recent snow storm in China, its worst winter in 20 years serves as a reminder of what those tipping points can look like, perhaps even worse. (click on play Youtube video; if you are subscribing to my feed visit my blog to see the video).
These scientists argue that some of these tipping points will in the coming years, much closer than previously thought. However, we are still doing business-more-than-ever so expect those tipping points turning up at your doorstep anytime sooner. Out of interest the nine tipping points elaborated by those scientists are listed below. I have provided some links which serves as further information on those tipping points. Out of those nine tipping points, small islands will be affected by at least seven of these tipping points, time for adaptation NOW.
9. Atlantic thermohaline circulation (approximately 100 years)