Tim Lubcke is a research officer at Monash University with a background in ecology, analytical chemistry, and meteorology. He has supported the major Australian research initiative, OzFlux, in its development of a remote research facility in the arid woodland north of Renmark. Lubcke has also contributed to a state government report on the environment and is associated with the Climate Realities Research group.

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In his book Collapse, Jared Diamond provides us a chilling historical anecdote of the Greenland Vikings: faced with an increasingly harsh climate in the early fifteenth century, a large swath of the population died out from starvation. Greenland Inuit, however, continued to live during this period. Unlike the Vikings, they harbored no cultural …

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