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Title: Environmental tipping points and food system dynamics: Main report
Author(s): Benton, Tim
Fairweather, Dan
Graves, Anil
Harris, Jim
Jones, Aled
Lenton, Tim
Norman, Rachel
O'Riordan, Tim
Pope, Edward
Tiffin, Richard
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Citation: Benton T, Fairweather D, Graves A, Harris J, Jones A, Lenton T, Norman R, O'Riordan T, Pope E & Tiffin R (2017) Environmental tipping points and food system dynamics: Main report. Global Food Security.
Issue Date: Jan-2017
Date Deposited: 16-Jan-2017
Abstract: First paragraph: Environmental tipping points occur when there are step changes in the way the biophysical world works – whether loss of soil fertility, collapse of a fishing stock, or sudden changes in weather patterns, such as those that caused the grasslands in North Africa to become deserts, 6000 years ago. These non-linear shifts arise following a critical degree of change, resulting from either many small cumulative changes or one large shock, “tipping” the system over a threshold and into a new stable state. Entering an alternative stable state is associated with a change to system function, usually being difficult to reverse or “tip” back into the original state. Increasingly we recognise that human-environment interactions are affecting the likelihood that critical thresholds for tipping points will be crossed, leading to step-changes in the provision of environmental goods and services, and impacting upon food security.
Type: Research Report
Rights: The publisher has granted permission for use of this work in this Repository. This is a research report a research report, Environmental tipping points and food system dynamics: Main report, conducted for Global Food Security:
Affiliation: University of Leeds
Willis Towers Watson
Cranfield University
Cranfield University
Anglia Ruskin University
University of Exeter
Complex Systems - LEGACY
University of East Anglia
Met Office
University of Reading

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