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World-renowned Environmentalist Tim Flannery Gives Free Talk Nov. 3

PHILADELPHIA, October 14, 2015

The thinking about how to respond to the climate crisis generally falls into two camps: 1) whatever happens, people will adapt, or 2) we can use technology to geo-engineer our way out of trouble. Best-selling author and world-renowned scientist Tim Flannery has a third option that he’ll outline when he makes his second U.S. appearance on his current tour with a talk at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

The topic of climate change most often is characterized by either overwhelming pessimism or indifference. In his new book Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis (Atlantic Monthly Press, October 2015), Flannery puts forth an engaging and practical alternative plan. The prominent environmentalist from Australia argues that his “third way” to deal with the climate crisis has achievable goals grounded in reasonable optimism that can lead toward an ecologically viable future.

Atmosphere of Hope is a sequel to his international bestseller, The Weather Makers, which was one of the first books to usher the topic of climate change into the general conversation. The publication of his latest book coincides with the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris later this fall.

Flannery’s talk at the Academy is free and begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a book-signing. To register, visit

Flannery received the Academy’s Joseph Leidy Award in 2010 and in 2007 was named Australian of the Year. From 2011 to 2013, he was head of the Australian Climate Change Commission. He has published more than 130 scientific papers and several books. An opinion piece about his latest ideas was published this summer in The New York Times.


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