The Future is Fungal
Mushrooms, it seems, have some uncanny properties. Fungi are more closely related to humans than plants, and if we can work with our fungal cousins, we might find a way to reduce waste – and perhaps even salvage our planet.
Gavin McIntyre and Brian Pickles are two ‘bio-neers’ whose work is at the forefront of the new mushroom movement. McIntyre is…
Books and Ideas at Montalto
Simon Winchester is a giant of narrative non-fiction. Across four decades of working as a journalist and author, Winchester’s reverence for the natural world and love of adventure have defined his extraordinary career. This is a man, after all, who has travelled on a Russian tramp steamer from Antarctica to England and seen the inside of an Argentine jail cell.
As a foreign correspondent during the 1970s and 1980s, Winchester covered major international events including the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the Watergate scandal and the Falklands War, and is the author of books on a dizzying array of subjects. He’s written about the history of the Yangtze River, the eruption of Krakatoa and, perhaps most famously, the making of the Oxford English Dictionary in the bestselling The Surgeon of Crowthorne.
Winchester’s timely new book, Pacific, profiles the world’s largest ocean and considers its crucial role in the planet’s present and future. From the Bikini atoll hydrogen bomb tests of the 1950s to the rise of China as a global economic superpower, Winchester explores the history of the Pacific – and the countries that border it.
Join us for a conversation with one of the most prolific, polymathic writers of our time, hosted by Sophie Black.
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Raimond Gaita and Katerina Gaita: A Climate of Change
How might a philosopher frame the problem of climate change? What can philosophers learn from environmentalists and vice versa?
In this conversation, we bring together a prominent philosopher and a prominent climate-change activist who just happen to be from the same family: Raimond and Katerina Gaita. Raimond is the author of many books including Romulus, My Father and is a…
Dark Emu Revisited
With his 2014 book, Dark Emu, Bruce Pascoe presented robust evidence that entrenched assumptions about Aboriginal hunter-gatherer societies were false. Nobody predicted the intense, ongoing interest that would follow. Drawing from the journals of European explorers, Pascoe showed that pre-settlement Aboriginal people engaged in various forms of agriculture.
Dark Emu itself was just the beginning of a series of…
The Fifth Estate
Whitewash: Crops, Corruption and Cancer
Glyphosate is the most widely used weed-killer in the world. It’s the active ingredient in Roundup, the flagship agricultural herbicide sold by Monsanto, and it’s used in more than 130 countries including Australia. Glyphosate is in our parks, gardens, golf-courses and playgrounds. And it’s in our food and water.
Veteran investigative journalist Carey Gillam has spent decades exploring the links between…
The Wheeler Centre
Jeff Goodell: The Water Will Come
Tony Birch and Jeff Goodell
Many of us live, to some degree, in denial about climate change. Even if the argument over the reality of climate change is resolved, can we actually imagine a flooded earth?
In his new book, The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the Remaking of the Civilized World, award-winning environmental journalist Jeff Goodell sets out to confront the specific implications of rising sea levels. Travelling across 12 countries, reporting on the ground and interviewing front-line scientists and engineers, Goodell describes the change we’re seeing already and the upheaval we can anticipate, from Miami Beach to the megacity of Lagos.
An award-winning author and reporter for Rolling Stone and the New York Times, Goodell paints a vivid, detailed and alarming picture. ‘It’s often argued that climate change is a problem that impacts everyone on the planet,’ he writes. ‘What’s less obvious is that the solutions to climate change are already deepening the divide between the doomed and the saved.’
At this event with Tony Birch, Goodell talks coastlines, climate apartheid and new frontiers.
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