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'Completely Terrifying': Study Warns Carbon-Saturated Oceans Headed Toward Tipping Point That Could Unleash Mass Extinct

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'Once we're over the threshold you're dealing with how the Earth works, and it goes on its own ride!' The planet is 'at the precipice of excitation,'said MIT geophysics prof Daniel Rothman, who released new data showing alarming carbon levelsin the ocean. Dissolved CO2 makes the ocean more acid, just as seltzer tastes tangy.

His new research comes 2 years after he predicted an extinction event at the end of this century. Since 2017, he has been working to understand how life on Earth might be wiped out due to carbon in the oceans. Rothman told MIT News a tipping point threshold that could trigger extreme ocean acidification similar to the kind that contributed to the Permian–Triassic mass extinction that occurred about 250 million years ago. 'If we push the Earth system too far,' Lenton added, 'then it takes over and there will be little we can do about it.'

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and this week, 3 inches of rain fell in 2 hours, rainfall in DC, and five inches feline 2 hours in a NJ city.

Warm oceans evaporate massive amounts of water and are drowning coastal cities, islands at the same time that extreme drought is ending agriculture in places that grow food.

And our President denies this and takes us out of the climate accord while trashing the regulations already in place, so his pals in the oil/cal industry can grow even richer.

Wadda great president... he WILL be remembered forever ... if anyone is around.

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qnd, BTW

New NASA-funded research warns that because of human-caused global heating, West Antarctica's massive Thwaites Glacier is at risk of reaching a tipping point that could raise the global sea level by about 20 inches.click here


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'Time to Act for the Future of Our Planet': Other Lawmakers Urged to Join Fight as Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez Unveil Climate Emergency Declaration "Instead of remaining complicit in worsening the effects of climate change, members of Congress in both the House and Senate must respond to this resolution with the urgency and support that this moment demands."



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An honest look at what should be done--and that only as something of a Ghost Dance, in terms of actual results--would be vhemently opposed by the vast majority of Americans, and most of the nearly 8 billion humans on this little ball of wax.. I do wish it were not so but Ameicans have a long established tradition of denying or even looking at truth.

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