Addressing Tipping Points for a Precarious Future

Paperback | August 25, 2013

EditorTimothy ORiordan, Timothy Lenton

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Tipping points are zones or thresholds of profound changes in natural or social conditions with very considerable and largely unforecastable consequences. Tipping points may be dangerous for societies and economies, especially if the prevailing governing arrangements are not designed either toanticipate them or adapt to their arrival. Tipping points can also be transformational of cultures and behaviours so that societies can learn to adapt and to alter their outlooks and mores in favour of accommodating to more sustainable ways of living.This volume examines scientific, economic and social analyses of tipping points, and the spiritual and creative approaches to identifying and anticipating them. The authors focus on climate change, ice melt, tropical forest drying and alterations in oceanic and atmospheric circulations. They alsolook closely at various aspects of human use of the planet, especially food production, and at the loss of biodiversity, where alterations to natural cycles may be creating convulsive couplings of tipping points. They survey the various institutional aspects of politics, economics, culture andreligion to see why such dangers persist.

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Tipping points are zones or thresholds of profound changes in natural or social conditions with very considerable and largely unforecastable consequences. Tipping points may be dangerous for societies and economies, especially if the prevailing governing arrangements are not designed either toanticipate them or adapt to their arrival. ...

Timothy O'Riordan is Emeritus Professor at the University of East Anglia. Timothy Lenton is Chair in Climate Change/Earth Systems Science at the University of Exeter.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:August 25, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0197265537

ISBN - 13:9780197265536

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Table of Contents

1. Tim O'Riordan, Tim Lenton and Ian Christie: Tipping points and critical thresholds: metaphors and systemic change2. Tim Lenton: Earth system tipping points3. The culture dimensions: editorial introduction4. Food security, biodiversity and degradation: editorial introduction5. The Spiritual Dimensions: editorial introduction6. Politics, the markets and business: editorial introduction7. Communicating tipping points and resilience: editorial introduction8. A precarious future