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"Climate Impacts and Responses: an Australian perspective"

Tim Flannery, PhD
Australian Climate Council

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

Climate change is now exerting a strong influence on extreme weather, wildfires, rainfall, and biodiversity in Australia. Changes are well documented, and increasingly well understood by scientists. Community understanding, however, has been retarded by an active denialist community. Political responses swing wildly, with policy disagreements widely acknowledged as having felled three prime ministers and one leader of the opposition. The Australian Climate Council emerged from this context as the most successful crowd-sourcing exercise in Australian history. Its mission, its financing, and its impact on public understanding of climate-related issues will be discussed.

Dr. Tim Flannery is a palaeontologist and mammalogist and author of The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing the Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth, a bestselling book on climate change. He has taught at Harvard and Macuarie University, and in 2007 he was Australian of the Year. He was Australia's first and only chief climate commissioner, and in 2013 he established the Australian Climate Council.


The Zurich Financial Services Distinguished Visitors Program on Climate Change allows the Bren School to attract international leaders in environmental policy, law, business, and science to enrich and expand the intellectual life of the Bren School community and share insight on issues critical to climate change. Activities of the visitors, who are in residence for periods ranging from one week to one quarter, include teaching short courses, offering public lectures, conducting seminars, and leading colloquia and symposia planned around their research, professional endeavors, or areas of expertise.

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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