Brave New Climate is a blog on climate science and low-carbon energy options, run by scientist and university professor, Dr. Barry W. Brook.
Barry is a leading environmental researcher, modeller, data analyst and author, in the fields of ecology, conservation biology, palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, and sustainable energy systems. He is employed at the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute, where he holds the Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and is also a member of the Center for Energy Technology. He has published three books, over 200 refereed scientific papers, is a highly cited researcher, and regularly writes popular articles for the media and public policy documents.
He has received a number of distinguished awards for his research excellence and public outreach, including the Australian Academy of Science Fenner Medal and the 2010 Community Science Educator of the Year. His research interests are climate change impacts, species extinctions, simulation and statistical modelling, energy systems analysis (with a focus on modelling future nuclear and large-scale renewable energy scenarios), and synergistic human impacts on the biosphere.
Author of a popular book on sustainable nuclear energy, Barry is an International Award Committee member for the Global Energy Prize, a 2012 Senior Fellow at the Breakthrough Institute, and considers himself a ‘Promethean environmentalist’. Prometheans are realists who shun romantic notions that modern governments might guide society back to an era when people lived simpler lives, or that a vastly less consumption-oriented world is a possibility. The goal is simple to understand but difficult to implement — developing real-world, high-capacity and cost-effective solutions to environmental challenges – such as nuclear power and other techno-fixes – which history has shown to be reliable and timely.
For more on his climate science qualifications and research interests, read this post.
Effective communication of the science of climate change is fundamental to providing policy makers with the type of evidence required to institute meaningful mitigation policy and to understand available adaptation options. It is this imperative that has led Barry to take an active leadership role in the communication of the science of global change to government, industry and the community (directly, via public lectures and workshops and advisory committees, and indirectly via the media – including television, radio, the print media and popular science articles).
For further details, see his University website: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/barry.brook
A short (2 min, 35 sec) animated video explaining the themes of the BNC blog:
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