Browsing Archives of Author »Brett Cherry«

Early warning signals for environmental and social change

November 26, 2014

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Earth systems are known to switch suddenly without warning. Take the weather for example, where one moment it could be a bright, sunny day and the next it suddenly transforms into strong winds and heavy rain of a severe storm. In the case of climate modelling of the West Antarctic ice sheet, recent research has […]

Photos – Tipping Points Art Exhibition in London

October 23, 2014

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Work by artist Edgar Ameti was exhibited at the Conway Hall in London. We share with you some photos from the exhibition. Edgar’s work is highly expressive and provides a way of understanding both critical transitions in nature, art and society. It reminds you of the impermanence and fragility of life. Through well-chosen media Edgar […]

The spread of tipping point in academic journals

August 13, 2014

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There are many definitions of tipping point in use today, especially in the sciences. In academia tipping point tends to be used in different ways according to the discipline in which it is used, however, there are also some interesting similarities. Below are some examples of how tipping point is used in the physical and […]

Eco-tipping points and the power of narrative in literature

August 5, 2014

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A narrative is a story, a sequence of written or spoken words. It is in many ways the foundation that all literature stands upon, that makes language intelligible and shares understanding, whether it is a fictional or factual event. Thus if narratives of various kinds structure the imagined world, they also structure reality, our social […]

Use of emotion words in books indicates trends in history and culture

March 20, 2013

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Researchers from Tipping Points have for the first time tracked how words in British and American English books published in the 20th century correspond with historical and cultural trends. They categorised the words according to moods such as sadness, disgust, joy, fear and surprise. English language is well-known for its ‘mood words’. Anyone who reads […]

Are key climate science words going out of style?

November 16, 2012

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Are words from climate science no longer as important in scientific, public and political forums as they once were? According to new research, keywords from climate science are being used less overall and are currently on a downward trend. Similar to pop music or designer clothes words go in and out of fashion over time. […]

Dr Nick Winder presents ‘The Colluphidean Paradigm’

July 11, 2012

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Dr Nick Winder gives a highly interesting talk on his paper ‘The Colluphidean Paradigm’.  Who is Colluphid you might ask?  For those familiar with A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams you likely know the answer already.  Oolid Colluphid is a fictional author in the book who writes a philosophical trilogy: Where God […]

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