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The tipping points at the heart of the climate crisis

Many parts of the Earth’s climate system have been destabilised by warming, from ice sheets and ocean currents to the Amazon rainforest – and scientists believe that if one collapses others could follow

The Thwaites glacier in Antarctica, where ice is now melting on a massive scale.
 The Thwaites glacier in Antarctica, where ice is now melting on a massive scale. Photograph: Nasa/OIB/Jeremy Harbeck/EPA

The warning signs are flashing red. The California wildfires were surely made worse by the impacts of global heating. A study published in July warned that the Arctic is undergoing “an abrupt climate change event” that will probably lead to dramatic changes. As if to underline the point, on 14 September it was reported that a huge ice shelf in northeast Greenland had torn itself apart, worn away by warm waters lapping in from beneath.

For more info, read this article on the Guardian.

Wildfires continue to rage across the West Coast of the US

Dozens of large fires are causing poor air quality, evacuations and severe damage across Washington, Oregon and California. 

The death toll is also rising as wildfires continue to rage.

Vancouver in British Columbia had the worst air quality in the world last Saturday due to the winds changing, so its air quality index was as bad as Portland!