Large ecosystems collapse “over ‘human’ timescales”, a new paper reports

Exposing the Big Game

We may take it for granted, but if pushed too far, the inner workings of mother nature will grind to a halt very fast, a new paper reports.

Alexandru MicubyAlexandru MicuDecember 23, 2020inEnvironmental IssuesListen Now

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Large ecosystems such as the Amazon rainforest will break down very quickly if we cross their tipping point, explain researchers from Bangor University, Southampton University, and The School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London.

Tipping points, in the context of environmental sciences, are thresholds beyond which natural systems need to change significantly in order to adapt to the status quo. In the case of the Amazon rainforest, for instance, this tipping point represents the amount of damage it can absorb before transitioning to a different type of ecosystem. That change may be right around the corner.

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