Scientist, explorer, and conservationist Tim Flannery views the impact of humans on the planet and asks if our species will survive.
Tim Flannery has written such books as the definitive ecological histories of Australia (The Future Eaters) and North America (The Eternal Frontier). He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers.
As a field zoologist he has discovered and named more than thirty new species of mammals (including two tree-kangaroos) and at 34 he was awarded the Edgeworth David Medal for Outstanding Research.
He is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and The Times Literary Supplement and has edited and introduced many historical works, including The Birth of Sydney, The Diaries of William Buckley and The Explorers. He received a Centenary of Federation Medal for his service to science and in 2002 he became the first environmentalist to deliver the Australia Day address to the nation.
Tim Flannery spent a year as professor of Australian studies at Harvard, where he taught in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. In Australia he is a leading member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, which reports independently to government on sustainability issues.
Tim Flannery was named Australian of the Year the day before Australia Day on 25th January 2007.
Branch of biology concerned with members of the animal kingdom and with animal life in general. The science originated in the works of Hippocrates, Aristotle, and Pliny. The contributions of individuals such as William Harvey (the circulation of blood), Carolus Linnaeus (system of nomenclature), Georges-Louis de Buffon (natural history), Georges Cuvier (comparative anatomy), and Claude Bernard (homeostasis) greatly advanced the field. The 1859 publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection was a major turning point. Since that time, the study of genetics has become essential in zoological studies.
Global warming: And yes of course he preaches the idea of significant AGW even though if it were real our species could easily adapt to it overall. And he doesn't speak about the real profound threats such as the Fukushima meltdowns . I suppose he knows how to maintain his funding - you don't bite the hand that feeds you.
Stable population: Yes are populations seem "self" regulatory, or regulatory by an elite. With wealth we have seen less kids being born, but is this actually because of industrialisation and wealth in itself? Causation or correlation? There are other top-down influences arguably driving rich society into a "sterile" state of which is out of the general public's control.