Must read: "Approaching a state shift in Earth's biosphere"

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Must read: "Approaching a state shift in Earth's biosphere"

Postby Kevin » Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:50 am

Important new research report in the world's leading scientific journal.

Approaching a State Shift in Earth's Biosphere
(subscription required for full technical paper)
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v4 ... 11018.html

Accessible, descriptive coverage:

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/0 ... for-earth/

Paper abstract:

Localized ecological systems are known to shift abruptly and irreversibly from one state to another when they are forced across critical thresholds. Here we review evidence that the global ecosystem as a whole can react in the same way and is approaching a planetary-scale critical transition as a result of human influence. The plausibility of a planetary-scale ‘tipping point’ highlights the need to improve biological forecasting by detecting early warning signs of critical transitions on global as well as local scales, and by detecting feedbacks that promote such transitions. It is also necessary to address root causes of how humans are forcing biological changes.

(Don't be fooled by the dry technical language. This is major.)


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