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The elusive search for tipping points

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New evidence from over 4,600 studies calls into question the universal application of critical threshold values, or tipping points, along gradients of environmental stress. Identifying never-to-exceed environmental targets may prove elusive for environmental policy and management.

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Fig. 1: Little evidence for universal tipping points.

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Dudney, J., Suding, K.N. The elusive search for tipping points. Nat Ecol Evol 4, 1449–1450 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-020-1273-8

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