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President's Lecture Series
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
7:30 p.m. - Mills Godwin Life Sciences Building
Tim Flannery is on a mission. He believes that human activity is drastically altering the earth's climate, and that before too long these changes will have a devastating effect on life on this planet. He wants to mobilize the social and political will to address this problem before it's too late.
That's why Tim Flannery wrote The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth. In this important and provocative new book, which debuted on The New York Times best-seller list, Flannery tells the fascinating story of climate change over millions of years to help us understand the predicament we face. He carefully lays out the science, demonstrating the substantial, human-induced climate change and the likely ecological effects to the planet if this process continues. He then proposes a game plan to halt-and ultimately reverse-this damaging trend.
Tim Flannery is director of the South Australian Museum, and chairman of the State Science Council and Sustainability Roundtable, as well as the National Geographic Society's Australasian representative. He spent a year as professor of Australian studies at Harvard, where he taught in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. In 2002, he became the first environmentalist to deliver The Australia Day address to the nation, and in 2005 he was honored as Australian Humanist of the Year.
A regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and The Times Literary Supplement, Flannery also contributes to ABC Radio, NPR and the BBC. He has also written and hosted several Documentary Channel specials, including The Future, and Islands in the Sky.