One look at the image of the Golden Gate Bridge below and most of us would call the clouds “fog.” What we see there is a marine layer cloud, and a new study has been published that says high carbon dioxide levels could destabilize this type of cloud.

The study notes that Earth could reach a tipping point that would make marine layer clouds unstable and disappear.

If clouds of this sort did disappear, according to the study, the surface temperatures around the planet could increase by about 14-degrees Fahrenheit.

This tipping point is said to be about 1,200 parts per million (ppm).

The current concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is 410 ppm.

The study did help solve a mystery in paleoclimatology.

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