Skip to content

Are human beings pushing earth to an environmental tipping point?

June 7, 2012

I saw a few articles on this subject, apparently in response to “Approaching a state shift in Earth’s biosphere,” published June 6 in Nature, wherein Anthony Barnosky and 21 co-authors cite 100 papers summarizing what’s known about environmental tipping points….

From Wired: “Could human activity push Earth’s biological systems to a planet-wide tipping point, causing changes as radical as the Ice Age’s end — but with less pleasant results, and with billions of people along for a bumpy ride?

It’s by no means a settled scientific proposition, but many researchers say it’s worth considering — and not just as an apocalyptic warning or far-fetched speculation, but as a legitimate question raised by emerging science…” Read full article from Wired…

From BBC: “With forests and fish stocks declining, water demand rising and lack of action on climate change, humanity’s path is anything but sustainable, the UN warns.” Full article from BBC

No comments yet

Say something...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: