Tipping point (climatology)  

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A climate tipping point is a point when a global climate changes from one given stable state to another stable state, much as when stemware, after being tilted from its base, finally tips over. After the tipping point has been passed, a transition to a new state occurs. The tipping event may be irreversible, much like the spilling out of the wine originally contained in the glass: standing up the glass will not put the wine back.

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