Welcome to climatetippingpoints.info, a climate science blog giving you clear and accurate information about climate tipping points and feedbacks, focusing on what they are, why they’re important, and how we can predict them.
This website was set up using seed-funding from the EPSRC-funded ReCoVER Network (now defunct, but succeeded by CliMathNet) in October 2016, who funded this as part of a science outreach project entitled: “The point of no return? An Interactive Stall and Website Starting Conversations on Climate Tipping Points“. In the first phase of the project we hosted conversations about climate tipping points at a series of stalls, public discussions, and online in 2016-2017, including a stall at the Family Festival of Science at Thomas Hardye School and a public discussion at Researchers Café at Mettricks Cafe as part of Southampton Sustainability Week, as well as talks with discussions at The Science Room (at The Art House Southampton) and Winchester Cafe Scientifique. Materials from the stall have been uploaded to this website along with additional articles, reports, social media, and a short animated guide to climate tipping points on YouTube. We are grateful to the ReCoVER Network for the initial funding.
After the initial seed-funding ran out in 2017 this site has been carried on to maintain these resources for wider use, and as an independent climate blog to carry on providing information about climate tipping points and feedbacks (such as the new Fact-Check series started in 2019). We currently have no funding sources or organisational affiliations, with the web-hosting costs paid out of personal pocket.
This blog is run by Dr. David Armstrong McKay, a Climate-Biosphere Scientist working as a Freelance Research Consultant and Science Communicator at Georesilience Analytics. Formerly a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Southampton and Stockholm Resilience Centre researching climate and biosphere feedbacks and resilience, he’s currently working with Future Earth on the Earth Commission project, providing Earth system analysis and modelling support on setting safe and just limits for nutrients (focusing on ocean impacts) and for the climate (focusing on climate tipping points). Editorial and proof-reading assistance for this blog is provided by Dr. Rachael Avery.
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