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An Explorer's Notebook
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An Explorer's Notebook
Essays on Life, History, and Climate
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The Weather Makers catapulted Tim Flannery's name into global consciousness; now he is known as one of the world's foremost experts on climate change. But he didn't just come into his knowledge and interest overnight. With its selection of exhilarating essays and articles written over the past 25 years, An Explorer's Notebook charts the evolution of a young scientist doing fieldwork in remote locations to the major thinker who has changed the way we all view our actions in the face of global warming.

Flannery writes about his journeys in the jungles of New Guinea and Irian Jaya, about the extraordinary people he met and the species he discovered. He writes about matters as wide-ranging as love, insects, population, water and the stresses we put on the environment. He explores how we can predict our own future by understanding the profound history of life on Earth. He also chronicles the recent seismic shift in the world's attitude toward climate change, noting the deep impact felt by all of us. He writes on a wide variety of topics, from the huge increase in the number of accidental falls experienced by Winnipeg pedestrians each winter to the huge decrease in traditional circumcisions in the African Samburun tribe— a decrease that is devastating the tribe's social order.

For the millions who read The Weather Makers and for those interested in wildlife or the environment -- and in wonderful storytelling -- An Explorer's Notebook is a must-read book.

The Weather Makers catapulted Tim Flannery's name into global consciousness; now he is known as one of the world's foremost experts on climate change. But he didn't just come into his knowledge and interest overnight. With its selection of exhilarating essays and articles written over the past 25 years, An Explorer's Notebook charts the evolution of a young scientist doing fieldwork in remote locations to the major thinker who has changed the way we all view our actions in the face of global warming.

Flannery writes about his journeys in the jungles of New Guinea and Irian Jaya, about the extraordinary people he met and the species he discovered. He writes about matters as wide-ranging as love, insects, population, water and the stresses we put on the environment. He explores how we can predict our own future by understanding the profound history of life on Earth. He also chronicles the recent seismic shift in the world's attitude toward climate change, noting the deep impact felt by all of us. He writes on a wide variety of topics, from the huge increase in the number of accidental falls experienced by Winnipeg pedestrians each winter to the huge decrease in traditional circumcisions in the African Samburun tribe— a decrease that is devastating the tribe's social order.

For the millions who read The Weather Makers and for those interested in wildlife or the environment -- and in wonderful storytelling -- An Explorer's Notebook is a must-read book.

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  • Professor TIM FLANNERY is a leading writer on climate change. A Scientist, an explorer and a conservationist, Flannery has held various academic positions including Professor at the University of Adelaide, Director of the South Australian Museum and Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Museum. A frequent presenter on ABC Radio, NPR and the BBC, he has also written and presented several series on the Documentary Channel. His books include Here on Earth and the international number one bestseller The Weather Makers. Flannery was named Australian of the Year in 2007.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 4, 2013
    With 33 essays spanning 27 years, the collection from Australian scientist, explorer, and conservationist Flannery covers a lot of ground, both geographically and philosophically. This range is both an asset and a drawback. Given the breadth of coverage, there’s likely something for everyone, but the short essays do not fully satisfy. Many of the early pieces were published in Australian Natural History and detail some of Flannery’s expeditions to wild places like the Star Mountains of Papua New Guinea and the Gold Ridge of Guadalcanal. While the adventures are interesting, the writing feels lackluster. The book’s largest section consists of book reviews, most of which were originally published in the New York Review of Books. Even though many of the titles covered are now over a decade old, the reviews are a joy to read, as Flannery embeds his analysis in a larger scientific and political context. The final section includes essays on climate change, and while Flannery’s passion is evident, the short pieces are superficial. They are also dated; the optimism of his final essay in which he asserts that meaningful global understanding and change is finally occurring has certainly not panned out as he assumed.

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