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dc.contributor.editorO'Riordan, Timothy
dc.contributor.editorLenton, Timothy 23:55:55 09:09:28
dc.identifierOCN: 901547714
dc.description.abstractThis 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 better human well-being. Above all, the possibility of preparing society for creative and benign ‘tips’ is a unifying theme. The conclusion is sombre but not without hope. Thresholds of profound change can combine earth system-based relatively abrupt shifts with human-caused alterations of these disturbed patterns which, coupled together, produce more rapid onsets and greater tensions and stresses for governments and economies, as well as socially unequal societies. There is still time to predict and address these thresholds but too much delay will make the task of accommodation very difficult to achieve with relevant-scale community support. There are many examples of adaptive resilience throughout the world. These should be identified, supported, and emulated according to cultural acceptance and emerging economic realities. But there is no guarantee that the necessary adjustments can be made in time, as emerging patterns of outlook and governance do not appear to be conducive to manage the very awkward transitions of appropriate response.
dc.relation.ispartofseriesBritish Academy Original Paperbacks
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JF Society & culture: general::JFF Social issues & processes::JFFR Social forecasting, future studies
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JH Sociology & anthropology::JHB Sociology::JHBC Social research & statistics
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::K Economics, finance, business & management::KC Economics::KCA Economic theory & philosophy
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::K Economics, finance, business & management::KC Economics::KCB Macroeconomics
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::K Economics, finance, business & management::KC Economics::KCS Economic systems & structures
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::R Earth sciences, geography, environment, planning::RN The environment::RNT Social impact of environmental issues
dc.subject.otherabrupt change
dc.subject.othertipping points
dc.subject.otherAmazon rainforest
dc.subject.otherClimate change (general concept)
dc.titleAddressing Tipping Points for a Precarious Future
oapen.imprinton behalf of The British Academy
oapen.pages300, UK

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