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Book Title: Here on Earth: A Natural History of the Planet|
The author of the book: Tim Flannery
ISBN 13: 9781554689811
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Edition: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Date of issue: March 28th 2011
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If you know what science is telling us about the planet, you know that this is a hinge moment for human civilization. It’s one of those rare times in history – the nuclear-arms threat and the discovery of the ozone hole were two recent others – when everything really is at stake, when civilization will swing one way or another but not both. Will we continue to thrive as a species? Or will we die off by the billions, scattering to the winds our 50,000 tumultuous years of work and play here on Earth?
Such an essential moment calls out for a special, ambitious response, one that can both explain the true nature of the hinge and prophesy the future. Australian biologist Tim Flannery’s Here on Earth is that response. Just as his previous big book, The Weather Makers, appeared uncannily at the right time to explain global climate change, Here on Earth has shown up at the perfect moment.
Yes, it explains, elegantly. More important, this bravura synthesis spanning scientific disciplines and billions of years tells us why we can hope.
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Read information about the authorTim Flannery is one of Australia's leading thinkers and writers.
An internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, he has published more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers and many books. His books include the landmark works The Future Eaters and The Weather Makers, which has been translated into more than 20 languages and in 2006 won the NSW Premiers Literary Prizes for Best Critical Writing and Book of the Year.
He received a Centenary of Federation Medal for his services to Australian science and in 2002 delivered the Australia Day address. In 2005 he was named Australian Humanist of the Year, and in 2007 honoured as Australian of the Year.
He spent a year teaching at Harvard, and is a founding member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, a director of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, and the National Geographic Society's representative in Australasia. He serves on the board of WWF International (London and Gland) and on the sustainability advisory councils of Siemens (Munich) and Tata Power (Mumbai).
In 2007 he co-founded and was appointed Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council, a coalition of community, business, and political leaders who came together to confront climate change.
Tim Flannery is currently Professor of Science at Maquarie University, Sydney.
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