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Obras por Tim F. Flannery

Europe: A Natural History (2018) 205 exemplares
The Birth of Sydney (1999) 113 exemplares
The Birth of Melbourne (2002) 67 exemplares
Mammals of New Guinea (1990) 25 exemplares
The Climate Cure (2020) 14 exemplares
Life: Selected Writings (2019) 12 exemplares
A Warning from the Golden Toad (2021) 11 exemplares
Weirdest creatures in time (2021) 2 exemplares
Diario di un esploratore (2010) 1 exemplar
The Weather Makers (2005) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Life & Adventures of John Nicol Mariner (1822) — Introdução, algumas edições155 exemplares
Fragile Earth: Views of a Changing World (2006) — Contribuidor — 71 exemplares
Granta 153: Second Nature (2020) — Contribuidor — 37 exemplares
The Best Australian Essays: A Ten-Year Collection (2011) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
The Best Australian Essays 2008 (2008) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
The Best Australian Essays 2010 (2010) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
The Best Australian Essays 2002 (2002) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
The Best Australian Essays 2004 (2004) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
The Best Australian Essays 2007 (2007) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
The Best Australian Essays 2009 (2009) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
The Best Australian Essays 2001 (2001) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
The Best Australian Essays 2003 (2003) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
The Best Australian Essays 2014 (2014) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares


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orangehistory | 2 outras críticas | Mar 12, 2024 |
I only had one problem with this collection of Australian exploration fragments...each snippet of diary or memoir left me wanting more.

This is a well-chosen collection of accounts from diverse viewpoints. I especially liked the rare Aboriginal account, seeing how different in tone they were from the typical European story-telling template.

I always knew the Australian outback was an unforgiving environment, but these accounts brought this home in a more personal way. Likewise, I knew that Aborigines had been treated badly, but was viscerally shocked at one of the few accounts from a woman and her casual description of the abduction of an Aboriginal woman - presumably for a servant. You can't just steal people!

The final account was well chosen - the end of an era for several reasons. The book has left me with much to think on and much to explore.
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weemanda | 3 outras críticas | Nov 2, 2023 |
A thoroughly fascinating work by a great Australian writer and scientist. Flannery examines the relationship of new arrivals to their land, with Australia as the useful test case. As a land that was populated in the last 100,000 years, but at a much earlier date than, for instance, the Americas, it presents an ideal site for a study of a) why its flora and fauna evolved the way they did, b) what impact the first Australians had on the landscape over their tens of thousands of years of ownership; c) what impact this "co-evolution" had on them, and d) what massive changes were wrought by colonists and conquerors, aka my ancestors, to this existing ecosystem. In contrast, Flannery uses our near neighbour New Zealand, which remained devoid of people until around 1,000 years ago, and so serves as the perfect antithesis.

Flannery deals in specific cases, but each chapter is manageable from a layperson's point of view. His tone is one of awe at nature, red in tooth and claw. His pedigree is exemplary, as Flannery is able to use examples of where he himself discovered fossils or evidence, so that's always a plus.

The downside of the book, inevitably, is that it's 25 years old. This doesn't invalidate the text, but it has an impact on the usefulness of the first two-thirds of the book. The first section, dealing in pre-human evolution in Australia and surrounds, is chock-full of discoveries just being made, or questioned, in the early 1990s. So much work has been done in this space, that Flannery's work serves more as a guide to other studies rather than a current scientific document. The second section focuses on Aboriginal Australians, and here Flannery was ahead of the curve. Analysis of the relationship of our first peoples to their land has spread and deepened considerably since then. But none of this is his fault. A solid read.
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therebelprince | 4 outras críticas | Oct 24, 2023 |
Summary: A call to arms to combat the drivers of man made climate change. The author contextualises the issue quite well and urges everyone to take action before the impacts outstrip our ability to cope.

Things I liked:

Structure: The first section contextualises the issue; second section makes the argument that things are pretty bad and getting worse; the third section provides some angles on actions that can be taken and provides additional detail and supporting arguments. The structure works well and provides a good pace with information provided in the same order that I required it.

Impartial ?!?: Caveat; I was expecting a rabid, zealous call to arms for action and general trashing of all sceptics. The arguments, by contrast I I found remarkably restrained and even handed. This stopped my arguments from closing over, which, ironically, probably made the authors arguments more effective for me.

Things I thought could be improved:

The authors bias as a biologist comes through. I thought there were a few too many specific stories of particular fauna that is being impacted by global warming. Arguments would have been more effective if they kept the focus on the impact climate change was going to have on humans.

Bias: The author can't avoid an occasional intolerant dig at the 'sceptics' I noticed a couple of times when this happened and found it off putting each time that I did. Basically I don't think you need to go there if your arguments are strong enough.

Highlight: The story about the dude in like 1850 who worked out that ice ages on the earth were being driven by the earth having a non-circular orbit around the sun. Loved it, made me want to read more about geology.
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benkaboo | 19 outras críticas | Aug 18, 2022 |



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