Tim Flannery

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Tim Flannery in 2007

Tim Flannery (born 28 January 1956) is an Australian mammalogist, palaeontologist, environmentalist and global warming activist.



  • Coal fires are a notorious risk for coalmines. In North America whole towns have had to be relocated because of fires that have been uncontrollable.”
    • 6 March 2014ː Vulnerable groups of people in South Morwell Australia were advised to temporarily relocate due to the danger of PM2.5 particles in 2014.

The Weather Makers (2005)[edit]

All page numbers from the 2006 trade paperback edition published by Grove Press
  • The golden toad was the first documented victim of global warming. We had killed it with our profligate use of coal-fired electricity and our oversize cars just as surely as if we had flattened its forest with bulldozers. It was as if, having experienced it, we did not recognize what happiness was.
    • Chapter 12 (p. 119)
  • In our Gaian world, everything is connected to and influences everything else.
    • Chapter 16 (p. 160)
  • Nothing in predictive climate science is more certain than the extinction of many of the world’s mountain-dwelling species.
    • Chapter 18 (p. 172)
  • This problem may not occur for several hundred years, but by the time we see the first signs, it will be far too late to do anything about it.
    • Chapter 20 (p. 186)
  • If humans pursue a business-as-usual course for the first half of this century, I believe the collapse of civilization due to climate change becomes inevitable.
    • Chapter 22 (p. 209)
  • It is imperative to get the smelters to pay a fair price for their power; otherwise, market forces can never induce them to limit their emissions.
    • Chapter 24 (p. 231)
  • Kyoto questions the philosophies underpinning societies such as America and Australia, which cling to the myth of limitless growth.
    • Chapter 25 (p. 237)
  • At the time the Danes decided to back wind power, the cost of electricity produced this way was many times greater than that produced by fossil fuels. The Danish government, however, could see its potential and supported the industry until costs came down. Today Denmark leads the world in both wind power production and the building of turbines; and wind now supplies 21 percent of the country’s electricity. One striking aspect of the way that wind power has developed there is that some 85 percent of the capacity is owned by individuals or wind cooperatives, and so power lies in the hands of the people.
    • Chapter 29 (p. 268)
  • Some time this century, the day will arrive when the human influence on the climate will overwhelm all natural factors.
    • Chapter 32 (p. 284)

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