Quarterly Essay 31

  • by Tim Flannery
  • Narrated by Tim Flannery
  • 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Periodical

Publisher's Summary

Sometime this century, after 4 billion years, some of Earth's regulatory systems will pass from control through evolution by natural selection, to control by human intelligence. Will humanity rise to the challenge?
This landmark essay by Tim Flannery is about sustainability, our search for it in the 21st century, and the impact it might have on the environmental threats that confront us today. Flannery discusses in detail three potential solutions to the most pressing of the sustainability challenges: climate change.
He argues that Australia has a special responsibility when it comes to climate change, and that our prime minister could be a critical player on the global stage in Copenhagen in December 2009 - but only if we take swift and effective action and make sharp cuts in emissions. Brilliant and terrifying, Now or Never is a call to arms by Australia's leading thinker and writer on the natural world.
"Throughout the latter part of 2007 and into 2008, I found it increasingly hard to read the scientific findings on climate change without despairing.... I think that there is now a better than even chance that, despite our best efforts, in the coming two or three decades Earth's climate system will pass the point of no return." (Tim Flannery, Now Or Never)


See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

World change a necessity!

Full of factuality , in parts outdated , but to the detriment of our situation which seems even more dire. The need for a whole political system shake up is required as the status quo has dropped the ball and fail to act aggressively on climate change . Real action, without compromise. NOW! I’m only borrowing this world from the future generations which because of our inaction is now not a certainty.
Read full review


Why do we ignore our best advisors?

Tim presents the information in such an interesting way and yet science is being denigrated by the ignorant leaders who we elect to govern our country
Read full review

- William Marshall

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-04-2012
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd