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Hothouse Earth

By Rex Weyler Photo by Maria Vasilieva / Greenpeace

In July of this year, during record-smashing heat waves and forest fires, a group of scientists published “Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene,” exploring the risk that climate feedbacks could lead to runaway heating and a “Hothouse Earth.”


Humanity has only a handful of decades to avoid a devastating ‘Hothouse Earth’

A study published in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences tells a tale of two Earths. In one, humans are able to rein in global warming, and in the other, temperatures would be irreversibly warmer than pre-industrial levels, by 4 to 5 degrees Celsius. How societies act in the next few decades could determine the trajectory of our planet.


World is finally waking up to climate change, says ‘hothouse Earth’ author

By Rex Weyler Photo by Ullstein Bild via Getty Images

Report predicting spiralling global temperatures has been downloaded 270,000 times in just a few days


Domino-effect of climate events could move Earth into a ‘hothouse’ state

By Jonathan Watts Photo by Paul Goldstein/Cover Images

A domino-like cascade of melting ice, warming seas, shifting currents and dying forests could tilt the Earth into a “hothouse” state beyond which human efforts to reduce emissions will be increasingly futile, a group of leading climate scientists has warned.


Climate change: ‘Hothouse Earth’ risks even if CO2 emissions slashed

By Matt McGrath Photo by Getty Images

It may sound like the title of a low budget sci-fi movie, but for planetary scientists, “Hothouse Earth” is a deadly serious concept.


Global warming may become unstoppable even if we stick to Paris target

By Michael Le Page Photo by Radius Images / Alamy

We could be on the verge of triggering a series of cascading tipping points that result in the planet warming 4 or 5°C hotter than the pre-industrial benchmark.