Does the terrestrial biosphere have planetary tipping points?

@article{Brook2013DoesTT,
  title={Does the terrestrial biosphere have planetary tipping points?},
  author={Barry W. Brook and Erle C. Ellis and Michael P Perring and Anson W. Mackay and Linus Blomqvist},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  year={2013},
  volume={28 7},
  pages={
          396-401
        }
}
Tipping points--where systems shift radically and potentially irreversibly into a different state--have received considerable attention in ecology. Although there is convincing evidence that human drivers can cause regime shifts at local and regional scales, the increasingly invoked concept of planetary scale tipping points in the terrestrial biosphere remains unconfirmed. By evaluating potential mechanisms and drivers, we conclude that spatial heterogeneity in drivers and responses, and lack… CONTINUE READING

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