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Atmosphere of Hope - Tim Flannery - <span class="date-display-single">11/07/2015 - 5:30pm</span>

Atmosphere of Hope

11/07/2015 - 5:30pm

Discovery Building - DeLuca Forum

In his new book, Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis, bestselling author and world renowned scientist and environmentalist Tim Flannery puts forward an engaging and practical alternative plan to deal the climate crisis, with achievable goals grounded in reasonable optimism that can lead us toward an ecologically viable future.
A decade ago, Tim Flannery’s #1 international bestseller, The Weather Makers, was one of the first books to break the topic of climate change out into the general conversation. Today, Earth’s climate system is fast approaching a crisis. Political leadership has not kept up, and public engagement with the issue of climate change has declined. Opinion is divided between technological optimists and pessimists who feel that catastrophe is inevitable.
Time is running out, but catastrophe is not inevitable. Around the world people are now living with the consequences of an altered climate—with intensified and more frequent storms, wildfires, droughts and floods. For some it’s already a question of survival. Drawing on the latest science, Flannery gives a snapshot of the trouble we are in and more crucially, proposes a new way forward, including rapidly progressing clean technologies and a “third way” of soft geo-engineering.  Tim Flannery, with his inimitable style, makes this urgent issue both compelling and accessible. Atmosphere of Hope is a must-read for anyone interested in our global future.

Tim Flannery

About Presenter Tim Flannery


Professor Tim Flannery is a leading writer on climate change. A Scientist, an explorer and a conservationist, Flannery has held various academic positions including Professor at the University of Adelaide, Director of the South Australian Museum and Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Museum. A frequent presenter on ABC Radio, NPR and the BBC, he has also written and presented several series on the Documentary Channel. His books include Here on Earth and the international number one bestseller The Weather Makers. Flannery was named Australian of the Year in 2007.


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