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Ian Lowe
Ian Lowe

Ian Lowe has long been recognised as a leading climate change scientist. He’s President of the Australian Conservation Foundation, emeritus professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University, an adjunct professor at Flinders and Sunshine Coast Universities, and the author or co-author of twenty books, including Quarterly Essay 27: Reaction Time – Climate Change and the Nuclear Option and A Big Fix: Radical Solutions for Australia’s Environmental Crisis.

He’s been a referee for the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change, and attended the Geneva, Kyoto and Copenhagen conferences of the Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Prof. Lowe has received a number of distinguished awards for his services to science, technology and environmental studies (including being made an Officer of the Order of Australia, awarded the Centenary Medal, the Eureka Prize and named Humanist of the Year).

His contributions have also been recognised by the Prime Minister’s Environment Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement and The Queensland Premier’s Millennium Award for Excellence in Science. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

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Quarterly Essay 27: Reaction Time
Climate change and the nuclear option

Australia is at a crossroads: if we are to halt global warming, do we need to stride resolutely into a nuclear future?