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Are there really no tipping points, or is it a semantic debate about how fast a change needs to be for us to consider it a tipping point? - Elan

Interesting question. The sort that carries me in many directions.

I generally agree with the conclusions of the Adelaide group that we probably won't witness any global-scale ecological "tipping points."

What we might experience are sociological/economic "tipping points" that might be local in origin but consequential well beyond mere territorial boundaries. It don't take all that much to send societies/economies into chaos. An extended drought. Crop failure. Water wells running dry. It doesn't take much to set populations in motion, fleeing from disaster. We've seen it happen many times. The consequences vary. Should the disruption in providing for basic human needs be large enough in a population large enough, the economic and political consequences could be significant enough to warrant the moniker "tipping point."
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