The science of tipping points: what do they mean for our planet and our ecosystems on land and in water? What causes these sudden changes and how can society be better prepared for such events? Maria Armoudian discusses the phenomenon that is tipping points with Peter Ward, Simon Thrush, and George Perry.

Peter Ward is a professor of Paleontology and Biology at the Earth and Space Sciences Department of the University of Washington, Seattle. He is the co-author of Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe, and the author of The Flooded Earth: Our Future In a World Without Ice Caps and Under a Green Sky: Global Warming, the Mass Extinctions of the Past, and What They Can Tell Us About Our Future.

Simon Thrush is a professor of Marine Science and Head of the Institute of Marine Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has written extensively on the ecology of coastal and marine ecosystems, and how they respond to change.

George Perry is a professor at the School of Environment at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He studies the effects of humans on forest ecosystems.

 

 

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