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Unravelling global patterns of irreversible climate change

Even if greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere are reduced to pre-industrial levels, the climate system might not return to its previous state. Quantification of the spatial patterns of climate hysteresis and reversibility reveals globally widespread irreversible changes in surface temperature and precipitation in response to anthropogenic CO2 emissions.

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Fig. 1: Hotspots of irreversible climate change.


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This is a summary of: Kim, S.-K. et al. Widespread irreversible changes in surface temperature and precipitation in response to CO2 forcing. Nat. Clim. Change (2022).

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Unravelling global patterns of irreversible climate change. Nat. Clim. Chang. 12, 787–788 (2022).

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