New research indicates that additional carbon dioxide could break down the planet’s clouds, tripling the century’s already disastrous warming predictions. Without those collections of water droplets reflecting sunlight, the planet warms a cataclysmic additional 8 degrees Celsius. Recent simulations at the California Institute of Technology suggest such cloud loss helped bake the Earth 56 million years ago.
Is it all over? Clouds are as hard to predict as they are insubstantial, and the economic collapse expected with initial warming could help curb emissions before the CO2 tipping point comes.
Read OZY’s coverage of advances in the climate battle.