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AMplify: Episode 13, Trailblazers Talks live – Tim Flannery

By: Alice Gage, Category: At The Museum, Date: 05 Jul 2016

An evening with celebrated explorer, scientist, communicator and former Australian of the Year.

Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery
Photographer:  © Tim Flannery

Professor Tim Flannery is arguably Australia’s best known scientist and agitator for action on climate change. He presented this Trailblazers Talk on 14 April 2016.

From 1984 to 1999, Tim was the Principal Mammal Research Scientist here at the Australian Museum. His work helped extend the Australian mammal fossil record by 80 million years, and his expeditions to remote areas of Papua New Guinea resulted in the discovery of 16 species and many subspecies of mammal, particularly tree kangaroos.

Flannery wrote a defining work on climate change in 2003, The Weather Makers. He was declared Australian of the Year in 2007 and appointed chairman of the Federal Government's Australian Climate Commission in 2011.

"The temperatures are rising so much we are pretty much committed to three degrees of warming by the end of the century, so those environments that I documented diversity in, where the giant rats were in Alpine zone on these high mountains, is destined to be swamped and overgrown by forest… we’ll lose those habitats. It was that realisation that set me off in a different direction.”

Join Tim for a fascinating evening as he shares highlights of his career and his responses to the recent UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.

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