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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 climate scientist 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 promises to deliver more than a little ray of hope. Hosted by Hilary Harper.


Portrait of Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery has published over thirty books including the award-winning The Future EatersThe Weather Makers, Atmosphere of Hope and Here on Earth and the novel The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish. In 2005 he was named Australian Humanist of the Year, and in 2007, Australian of the Year.

In 2007 he co-founded and was appointed Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council. In 2011 he became Australia’s Chief Climate Commissioner, and in 2013 he founded the Australian Climate Council. His current book is Sunlight and Seaweed.

Portrait of Hilary Harper

Hilary Harper

From humble beginnings as 774 ABC Melbourne’s traffic reporter, where she inserted occasional haiku into the breakfast show, Hilary Harper now presents the Saturdays morning show. From food and sustainability to relationships, pets and gardening, she explores how the little things in life reveal much about us.


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