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Could Amazon deforestation trigger a climate tipping point?



The Amazon is the world’s largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest – but could deforestation push it past a tipping point? Scientists believe that could happen within the next 20 years, with dire consequences for the climate. Here’s all you need to know about Amazon dieback, plus the Gulf Stream, the West Antarctic ice sheet and other climate tipping points.

0:00 Intro
0:48 Amazon dieback
3:24 What are climate tipping points?
4:12 Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets
6:13 The Gulf Stream
8:44 Why we need climate action
9:52 Outro

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