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dc.contributor.authorWong, Darren
dc.description.abstractEcological tipping points have captured policymakers’ imaginations for framing local and global environmental change: if an environmental driver becomes too significant, an ecosystem may flip into an alternate state, often with catastrophic and far-reaching consequences. The article first explores the science of ecological tipping points and the uncertainties that limit their validity and value in providing a threshold marking abrupt ecosystem collapse across scales. I then argue that ecological tipping points may be more useful not as a scientific instrument to predict environmental change, but as a gauge of anthropogenic environmental trajectories and a socio-environmental imaginary to mobilise environmental action. Given the complexity and uncertainty of ecological science, I suggest that the science-policy interface of ecological tipping points will benefit from further research in threshold dynamics and ecosystems in transition due to human activity. Furthermore, a pluralistic, deliberative approach to policymaking that brings together different knowledge domains will facilitate adaptive environmental governance to effectively respond to changes in the physical environment and our understandings of it.
dc.publisherCambridge University Science and Policy Exchange
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International
dc.subjectEcological Science
dc.subjectTipping Points
dc.subjectEnvironmental Policy
dc.titleEcological Tipping Points: Uncertainties and Policy Approaches
dc.publisher.departmentCancer Research Uk Cambridge Institute Student
prism.publicationNameCambridge Journal of Science and Policy
dc.contributor.orcidBrown, Emma [0000-0002-2153-2992]
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
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