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Addressing Tipping Points for a Precarious Future

Timothy O'Riordan and Timothy Lenton


This book places tipping points in their scientific, economic, governmental, creative, and spiritual contexts. It seeks to offer a comprehensive set of interpretations on the meaning and application of tipping points. Its contribution focuses on the various characterisations and metaphors of tipping points, on the scope for anticipating their onset, the capacity for societal resilience in the face of their impending arrival, and for better ways of communicating and preparing societies, economies, and governments for accommodating them, and hence to turn them into responses which buffer and bet ... More

Keywords: tipping points, abrupt change, metaphors, prediction, adaptation, resilience, well-being

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780197265536
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265536.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy O'Riordan, editor
University of East Anglia

Timothy Lenton, editor
University of Exeter

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1.1 Metaphors and Systemic Change

Tim O’Riordan, Tim Lenton, and Ian Christie

3.1 Skittles

Giles Foden

Commentary 3.2

Matthew Taylor

4.1 Food Security Twists and Turns

Tim Lang, and John Ingram

Commentary 5.2

David Atkinson

Commentary 6.4

Amanda Long

Commentary 6.5

Keith Clarke

Commentary 6.6

John Elkington

Commentary 6.7

Charles Clarke

Commentary 6.8

Thomas Lingard

Commentary 6.9

Mike Barry

Commentary 7.3

Paul Brown

Commentary 7.4

Camilla Toulmin

Commentary 7.5

Jonathan Sinclair-Wilson

Commentary 7.6

Joe Ravetz

8.1 Into a Precarious Future

Tim O’Riordan, and Tim Lenton

Commentary 8.3

Ian Christie

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