Tipping point

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A level of change in system properties beyond which a system reorganises, often abruptly, and does not return to the initial state even if the drivers of the change are abated. For the climate system, it refers to a critical threshold when global or regional climate changes from one stable state to another stable state.

See: Irreversibility.

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United Nations Evidence for Abrupt Changes, Tipping Points & Cascading Impacts in the Earth System PDF