News tagged with tipping points

Avoiding ecosystem collapse

From coral reefs to prairie grasslands, some of the world's most iconic habitats are susceptible to sudden collapse due to seemingly minor events. A classic example: the decimation of kelp forests when a decline of otter ...

dateNov 24, 2014 in Environment
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From yeast, researchers learn how populations collapse

In the early 1990s, overfishing led to the collapse of one of the most bountiful cod fisheries in the world, off the coast of Newfoundland. Twenty years later, the cod population still has not recovered, dramatically affecting ...

dateJun 01, 2012 in Ecology
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Forest and savanna can switch quickly

( -- Two recent studies have found that environmental changes can bring previously stable forests and grasslands to tipping points that produce sudden large-scale and sometimes irreversible changes in which forest ...

dateOct 14, 2011 in Environment report
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Climate change disasters could be predicted

Climate change disasters, such as the melting of the Greenland ice sheet, dieback of the Amazon rainforest or collapse of the Atlantic overturning circulation, could be predicted according to University of Exeter research.

dateJun 19, 2011 in Environment
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