• En 2002, le village de Trachilos en Crète fut le théâtre d'une émouvante découverte : des empreintes de pas quasi humaines, imprimées dans des roches datant du Miocène - la preuve que de grands singes bipèdes évoluèrent en Europe, bien avant l'arrivée d'Homo erectus il y a près de 2 millions d'années !
    Qu'il s'agisse ou non de nos ancêtres, ces primates consacrent le statut exceptionnel de notre « supercontinent », une terre de métissage au carrefour de l'Asie, de l'Afrique et de l'Amérique du Nord. Une terre de tous les changements, soumise à une intense activité géologique, à de profonds bouleversements climatiques, mais aussi à la pression de l'homme... Voici enfin l'histoire au temps long - de 100 millions d'années à nos jours - de tous ceux qui l'habitèrent : sa flore, sa faune, sans oublier nos lointains cousins humains.
    Un formidable récit, visuel et documenté, où se croisent pêle-mêle récifs coralliens, mangroves, steppes glacées, ammonites, ptérodactyles, tortues, rhinocéros, tritons, mammouths et autres Néandertaliens...

  • Le grand biologiste Tim Flannery a parcouru les îles tropicales du Pacifique Sud-Ouest pendant plus d´une décennie à la recherche de marsupiaux, de chauves-souris et d´autres petits mammifères que l´on ne rencontre nulle part ailleurs sur notre planète. Plusieurs de ces îles étaient pour la science des pages vierges : l´équipe s´aventura dans des villages où personne, de mémoire d´homme, n´avait encore vu un visage blanc, et sur des sommets montagneux couronnés de végétation irréelle. Dans le grand arc insulaire situé entre l´île de Sulawesi et les Fidji (soit une distance supérieure à celle qui sépare Paris de Montréal), Flannery va faire d´immenses découvertes, mettant au jour de véritables « fossiles vivants », mais aussi des indices fondamentaux pour la compréhension des rouages et des caprices de l´évolution.
    Si la Polynésie offre souvent une perfection de carte postale, d´autres terres plus lointaines montrent un visage tourmenté, parfois hostile, surtout lorsque les obstacles géologiques se doublent du tabou des frayeurs ancestrales. Et c´est là que la petite équipe, surmontant les fatigues par un humour et un enthousiasme inépuisables, débusque des rats géants, des chauves-souris à tête de singe, le grand éclat de rire de la Création.
    Une mission de biologistes spécialisés dans les mammifères entreprend d´explorer les îles tropicales du Pacifique Sud-Ouest. Rarement ouvrage de vulgarisation scientifique n´aura été aussi juste, aussi drôle et instructif à la fois. Défenseur acharné de la biodiversité, Tim Flannery a les armes qu´il faut pour propager son amour de la Terre et du vivant.

    Tim Flannery, né en 1956 à Melbourne, est un mammalogiste australien de renommée internationale et un infatigable militant pour la préservation de la Terre. Il a été élu « Australien de l´année » en 2007 et est actuellement professeur à l´Université Macquarie. Il est également président du Conseil de Copenhague sur le climat, une organisation internationale de sensibilisation aux changements climatiques. Il a publié en français : Alerte rouge : Agir contre le réchauffement climatique, Éditions Héloïse d´Ormesson, 2010, et Penser la Terre. Plaidoyer optimiste pour notre futur, Éditions Buchet/Chastel, 2013.

  • Les changements climatiques sont aujourd'hui au coeur de l'actualité et nous commençons enfin à prendre la mesure de la catastrophe que nous subissons et dont nous sommes les premiers responsables. Cette crise n'est pas inévitable, mais le temps presse. Tout peut encore changer si nous réagissons.

  • The Weather Makers tells the dramatic story of the earth's climate, of how it has changed, how we have come to understand it, and of what that means for the future. Tim Flannery's gripping narrative takes the reader on an extraordinary journey into the past and around the globe, bringing us closer to the science than ever before. Along the way he explodes the many illusions that have grown up around this subject.

  • The Life and Adventures of John Nicol, Mariner is a recently rediscovered text that vividly renders the unforgettable story of a man whom history had nearly forgotten.
    In his many voyages, the Scottish-born sailor John Nicol twice circumnavigated the globe, visiting every inhabited continent. He participated in many of the greatest events of exploration and adventure in the 18th century. He battled pirates, traded with Native Americans and fought for the British navy in the American and French Revolutions; he also travelled on the first female convict ship to Australia, was entertained in Hawaii by the king's court days after the murder of Captain James Cook, and witnessed the horrors of the slave system in Jamaica.
    Above all, this is a riveting memoir of an ordinary man's extraordinary life, told with an honesty and humility that is beguiling.

  • Tim Flannery's international bestseller The Weather Makers has sold over a million copies and influenced politicians, movie stars, even business leaders - after reading it, Sir Richard Branson pledged more than 3 billion dollars towards developing sustainable energy sources. We Are the Weather Makers is a concise and revised edition that will allow readers aged from nine to ninety to learn the real facts about the biggest question of our generation. Flannery takes us on a journey through history and around the globe, writing about hurricanes and droughts, coral reefs and polar bears, and wind energy and nuclear power. He shows us how, as we continue to heat the planet, humanity faces unprecedented dangers and challenges. We are the weather makers now.

  • In his most thrilling and personal book, Tim Flannery writes a love letter to his homeland, drawing on three decades of extensive travel, research and field work to reveal its unique nature. Flannery shows how the kangaroo is inseparable from the environment that created it. And he reveals the vast continent to be a land of subtlety and complexity that becomes comprehensible to those who take the time to learn its hidden and ancient languages.

  • Throwim Way Leg is a book of wonder and excitement, struggle and sadness, a love letter to Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya. 'In New Guinea Pidgin,' Tim Flannery explains, 'throwim way leg means to go on a journey. It describes the action of thrusting out your leg to take the first step of what can be a long march...' Here he invites us to share in his breathtaking adventures, as he meets skilled hunters and befriends a shaman, climbs mountains never before scaled by Europeans, discovers new species and, deep in the jungle, stumbles across the giant bones of extinct marsupials. He also writes movingly about the fate of indigenous people when their intricate cultures collide with mining companies and the high-tech modern world.

    'This book combines an irresistible author with an irresistible subject: Tim Flannery, a great zoologist and writer about science, relating his explorations of New Guinea, a vivid tropical universe' Jared Diamond 'An enthralling introduction to the mountain people of New Guinea - unimaginably remote, charming, cunning, cruel, subtle and appealing - and to their magnificent land' New York Times Book Review Tim Flannery is an internationally acclaimed writer, scientist and explorer. As a field zoologist he has discovered and named more than thirty new species of mammals, including two tree-kangaroos. His books include Country and the award-winning international bestsellers The Future Eaters, The Eternal Frontier and The Weather Makers. He has also edited and introduced many historical works, including The Birth of Sydney, The Diaries of William Buckley and The Explorers.

  • The Eternal Frontier leads the reader on a 65-million-year quest to understand the formation of North America. From the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous Period to the present day, Flannery explores America's history with keen insight and an extraordinary breadth of knowledge. Ultimately, human beings had to face the environmental vicissitudes of the continent, and Flannery's exploration of the ways in which we have coped makes for fascinating reading.

  • Everyone's invited Tim Flannery is here to offer us a change of perspective. And he is here to inspire us. He invites us to consider again our place on earth, what it really means to be alive.

    Here on Earth is a revolutionary dual biography of the planet and of our species. Flannery reimagines the history of earth, from its earliest origins as a chaotic ball of elemental gases to the teeming landscape we currently call home. It is a remarkable story. How did life first emerge here? What forces have shaped it? Why did humans come to dominate? And when did we start to have an impact? More importantly, how has this changed us as a species?

    /> The awesome hand of nature has never been better portrayed than in this book. Nor, remarkably, the transformative power of ideas. From the most intense competition for survival, cooperation has emerged. The challenge we now face is to sustain our fragile hold on life.

    Our fate is in our own hands. But first we have to realise who we are.

  • A timely intervention on climate change from the internationally acclaimed scientist and author of the hugely influential The Weather Makers.How close is the great climate crisis? Can our desire to overcome it drive humanity's next great waves of positive technological economic and social revolution? or will we be plunged into the dystopian collapses and terrors of civilisations past?This book describes in plain terms our climate predicament and brings news of exciting tools in the making that could help us avoid a climatic disaster. In December 2015 the nations of the world will gather in Paris to try to forge a climate treaty designed to give us a fighting chance to limit global warming to 2C, widely regarded as the safe upper limit if we are to avoid catastrophe. If we succeed at Paris, forging a new era of international political cooperation in the fight against a warming planet, it is possible that the next decade will astonish us in the solutions that we discover to safeguard our planet for our grandchildren and their grandchildren.'Think Indiana Jones crossed with Charles Darwin' Financial Times'A wonderful writer, an original scientist, and a gifted populariser' Martin Woollacott, Guardian'If you're not already addicted to Tim Flannery's writing, discover him now' Jared Diamond

  • Avec une rapidité inédite et folle, l'humanité a grillé les ressources planétaires, gâché les milieux naturels et déstabilisé avec une insouciance coupable des équilibres environnementaux complexes ; et cela à la faveur d'un modèle de développement économique aujourd'hui en crise. Implacable essai de géopolitique environnementale, passionnant ouvrage de vulgarisation scientifique, superbe pamphlet néo-humaniste, l'ouvrage de Tim Flannery est le manifeste incontournable, poétique et vivifiant d'une génération qui prend son destin et celui des générations futures en main.
    À propos de ce livre :
    " Quiconque lit Tim Flannery en tirera un enseignement et mesurera combien notre climat est fragile et à quel point c'est notre génération qui doit agir pour le protéger. " Tony Blair " Le meilleur résumé qui soit de l'écrasante connaissance scientifique nécessaire pour comprendre le réchauffement de la planète. Flannery nous donne un aperçu terrifiant du futur. " Robert F. Kennedy Jr

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