Take a journey into 2030, visualizing the pathways to get there with a 1.5°C, 2°C, and 3°C increase in global temperature. Through transformative Metaverse technologies you can learn how to catalyze climate action and protect biodiversity through nature-based solutions to avoid crossing planetary tipping points. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves into the center of the major climate tipping points around the planet do gain a deeper understanding of what's at risk.
Arctic Sea-Ice: Svalbard, Norway
Ice Sheets: Greenland & Antarctica
Alpine Glaciers: Andes & Himalayas
Coral: Great Barrier Reef
Forests: Amazon Rainforest & Boreal
Biodiversity Hotspots: Madagascar &
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Monsoon Shift: India & West Africa
Ocean Currents: Atlantic Meridional Overturning, South Pacific Oscillation,
and the El Niño Phenomenon
Nine Climate Tipping Points graphic by Rosamund Pearce and Tom Prater.
The cumulative impact of these changes fueled by human-caused greenhouse gas emissions could cause fundamental parts of the Earth system to change dramatically and irreversibly. These "tipping points" are thresholds where a tiny change could push a system into a completely new state.
Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene graphic by Will Steffen et al.
There's a risk that self-reinforcing feedbacks could push the Earth System toward a planetary threshold that, if crossed, could prevent stabilization of the climate at the intermediate temperature rises and cause continued warming even as human emissions are reduced. Potential interactions among the tipping elements could start triggering cascades at a global temperature rise of 2.0°C.
Connectivity between Climate Tipping Points graphic by T.M. Lenton et al.
This risk framework identifies tipping elements and their internal feedbacks as visual a tool for communicating early warnings of abrupt and irreversible changes in the climate system that could cross this century due to human activities. There is a growing risk of tipping points that, if passed, could jot the climate system into a new, less habitable "hothouse" climate state.
The Planetary Boundaries Framework (Science Advances, Vol. 9, NO. 37)
Drawing upon Earth System Science, identifies nine processes that are critical for maintaining the stability and resilience of Earth system as a whole. As of September 2023, scientists determined that six of the nine boundaries are transgressed, suggesting that Earth is now well outside of the safe operating space for humanity.
SPECIES ON THE IUCN RED LIST THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION
ON THE BRINKS OF EXTINCTION
THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION
HIGHEST LEVEL OF CO2
IN THE ATMOSPHERE
ARCTIC SEA ICE MINIMUM EXTENT
ACTIVATED CLIMATE TIPPING POINTS