What are tipping points and what do they mean for our planet and our ecosystems on land and in the 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. Ward is the co-author of Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe

Simon Thrush is a Professor of Marine Science and Head of the Institute of Marine Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Thrush has written extensively on the ecology of coastal and marine ecosystems.

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

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