Sunburnt Country: The History and Future of Climate Change in Australia

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Apr ’18
6:00 pm

The ANU Climate Change Institute invites you to this public lecture:

What was Australia’s climate like before official weather records began?  How do scientists use tree-rings, ice cores and tropical corals to retrace the past?  What do Indigenous seasonal calendars reveal?  And what do settler diary entries about rainfall, droughts, bushfires and snowfalls tell us about natural climate cycles?

Dr Joëlle Gergis, University of Melbourne, will be in Canberra to discuss her new book, Sunburnt Country. The book pieces together Australia’s climate history for the first time. It uncovers a continent long vulnerable to climate extremes and variability. It gives an unparalleled perspective on how human activities have altered patterns that have been with us for millions of years, and what climate change looks like in our own backyard.

Sunburnt Country highlights the impact of a warming planet on Australian lifestyles and ecosystems and the power we all have to shape future life on Earth.

Dr Gergis will give a presentation on the key themes of the book, followed by discussion with Assoc Prof Nerilie Abram and audience Q&A.

About Dr Joëlle Gergis

Dr Joëlle Gergis is an award-winning climate scientist and writer from the University of Melbourne.

Registration via Eventbrite is essential.     Please make sure that you only register if you genuinely intend to come to the event.   If you register and then later find that you’re unable to attend, please log into your Eventbrite account and cancel your ticket as soon as possible so that your seat is freed up for someone else.

Date:           Wednesday 11 April, 6 – 7pm

Finkel Theatre, John Curtin Medical School (#131), Garran Road, Australian National University, Acton, ACT 2601

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