Climate crisis pushing Earth to a 'global tipping point,' scientists warn

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(CNN) - You might not live near a rainforest or a coral reef. But climate scientists now warn that whatever spot you inhabit on this earth, there's a "planetary emergency." Scientists in the journal "Nature" tell us the Earth is heading toward a global tipping point if drastic changes are not made soon.

The Earth is heading toward a "global tipping point" if the climate crisis continues on its current path, scientists have warned. (Source: MGN)

They warn that these tipping points are "too risky to bet against."

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) introduced the idea of tipping points two decades ago.

Researchers say there are irreversible changes to the Earth's environmental systems that are already taking place. This is irreversible change to the very planet that sustains all life. They warn that there is a need for rapid and immediate action to stop the pace of our greenhouse gas emissions before that becomes irreversible.

This warning comes on the heels of 11,000 scientists declaring that there is no time to lose when it comes to battling climate change.

Researchers highlight nine areas in particular where they say there is evidence that we have already reached this tipping point or are very close to doing so. These areas stretch from the Arctic and the loss of sea ice there down to the Antarctic, and the loss of glacial ice in Greenland. They also highlight the permafrost in Russia that acts as a cover and prevents carbon dioxide from leaving the land underneath it to areas in the United States and the Amazon.

What they are saying we must do now is stop this current trend that we're on. We have significantly increased, as opposed to decreased, greenhouse gas emissions. This report also says we have even less time than we thought.

If we continue on this current trend, we're on track for three degrees of warming. They say we need to drop that down significantly. Even one degree of warming could have an environmental impact of which we are not yet aware.

The report cites fires in North America, saying, "warming has triggered large-scale insect disturbances and an increase in fires that have led to dieback of North American boreal forests, potentially turning some regions from a carbon sink to a carbon source."

The report says if we don't address this immediately, the kind of change to this planet that is going to significantly impact every single one of us.

You can read the report here.