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Tim Flannery: Rays of Hope
Wherever you are in Australia – whether it’s warm or cold, overcast or painfully bright – you are exposed to more sunlight than anywhere else in the world. There is no doubt that this is Australia’s biggest potential resource. The problem? We haven’t really had the technology to harness it as a primary energy source. Until now.
In his latest book, Sunlight and Seaweed, acclaimed scientist, climate change researcher and author Tim Flannery opens our eyes to some heartening technological breakthroughs. Like how ‘intense heat energy’ use and storage may overcome the thorny issue of producing electricity on overcast days. And how – with temperatures set to rise at alarming rates and carbon removal becoming as important as carbon reduction – a tasty, ribbon-like seaweed may just be the banner of our collective salvation.
Join Tim Flannery for a climate change discussion that offers more than a little ray of hope, hosted by Hilary Harper.
Tim Flannery is a scientist, an explorer, a conservationist and a leading writer on climate change. He has held various academic positions including visiting Professor in Evolutionary and Organismic Biology at Harvard University, Director of the South Australian Museum, Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Museum, Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne, and Panasonic Professor of Environmental Sustainability, Macquarie University. His books include the award-winning international bestseller The Weather Makers, Here on Earth and Atmosphere of Hope. Flannery was the 2007 Australian of the Year. He is currently chief councillor of the Climate Council.
Hilary Harper has a degree in English Literature and Cultural Studies, a Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing, and 30 years’ experience in radio. She’s been at the ABC since 2005. She’s covered everything from news and current affairs to traffic reporting, arts, health, gardening, science, finance, education, relationships, parenting, and much discussion of food.