Media & events

NZ Press Association (2007). Kauri help build picture of El Niño variations. New Zealand Herald, 2 February 2007.

Smith, D. (2007). A spot of time travel finds a golden result. Sydney Morning Herald, 1 February 2007.

Smith, B. (2009). ‘Whingeing Poms’ had cause to moan. The Age 27 July 2009.

Macey, R. (2009). How Sydney treated convicts to a roast. Sydney Morning Herald 27 July 2009.

Morton, A. (2010). Past helps piece together future climate change. The Age, 31 May 2010.

Mahar, J. (2010). First Fleet insight on climate changes. The Sydney Morning Herald, p3.

Peddie, A. (2010). Off to a stormy start. Adelaide Advertiser, 1 October 2010, p23.

Williams, B. (2010). La Nina belted convicts. Courier Mail, 2 October 2010, p36.

Samandar, L. (2010). Violent storms hit First Fleet. Illawara Mecury, 2 October 2010, p24.

Swallow, J. (2010). First Fleet logs reveal climate patterns. Australian Geographic 1 October 2010.

Holland, M. (2010). Secrets of First Fleet revealed. The Daily Telegraph, 1 October 2010.

Stuart, G. (2010). Records reveal First Fleet’s wet welcome. ABC Science Online, 30 September 2010.

AAP (2010). First Fleet experienced bad weather. The Age, 30 September 2010.

AAP (2010). First Fleet ‘experienced wild weather’. SBS News, 30 September 2010.

Cathcart, M. (2011). Climate detectives unlocking the secrets of climate change. ABC Bush Telegraph, 26 April 2011.

Price, L. (2012). Unearthing Australia’s climate. ABC Country Hour, 17 February 2012.

O’Hare, K. (2012). Weather watchers unite. The Voice (supplement in The Age), Volume 8 Number 2 February 13–March 11 2012.

Huntington, S. (2014). Climate variations in the Southern Hemisphere, RRR Einstein A Go Go, 4 May 2014.

Smith, B. (2014). Australia’s early settlers weathered drought and flooding rains. Sydney Morning Herald, 1 October 2014.

Sunburnt Country book launch media April-May 2018:


  1. University of Melbourne, public talk event, 5 April, Melbourne
  2. State Library NSW public talk event, in partnership with Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, 10 April, Sydney
  3. Australian National University public talk event, in partnership with the Climate Change Institute, 11 April, Canberra
  4. National Library of Australia public talk event, 12 April, Canberra
  5. Queensland Global Change Institute and AMOS Queensland public talk event, 19 April, Brisbane
  6. Brisbane City Libraries, Chermside Library public talk event, 20 April, Brisbane
  7. Varuna Blue Mountains Sydney Writers Festival panel, Session 1: Cracking Climate by Cracking Consumption, 27-28 April, Blue Mountains NSW
  8. Sydney Writers Festival 2018, Session 2: Climate Change: A Hastening Catastrophe, 2-6 May, Sydney
  9. Euroa Library/Strathbogie Voices public talk event, 13 May, Euroa VIC
  10. AMOS-Tasmania, public talk event, 16 May, Hobart
  11. Federation Uni/BREAZE public talk event, 27 July 2018, Ballarat VIC
  12. State Library VIC public talk event, 26 July 2018, Melbourne
  13. Byron Bay Writers Festival, session 1: The Anthropocene: Human Survival in the New Epoch, 4 August 2018, Byron Bay
  14. Byron Bay Writers Festival, Session 2: Keeping the Blue Planet Green, 5 August 2018, Byron Bay
  15. Melbourne Writers Festival event, Death of the Environment, 1 September 2018, Melbourne
  16. Brisbane Writers Festival event, In Conversation with Helen Caldicott, 6-9 September, Brisbane
  17. Greenpeace Australia, public talk event, 19 September 2018, Kangaroo Valley NSW
  18. Lighter Footprints, Why Should I care? Community forum, Hawthorn Town Hall, 20 October 2018, Melbourne
  19. Perth Writers Week, Session 1: Letters to the future, 21st Feb, University of Western Australia 21-24 February 2019, Perth
  20. Perth Writers Week, Session 2: The Great moral challenge of our Generation, 23rd Feb, University of Western Australia 21-24 February 2019, Perth
  21. Perth Writers Week, Session 3: Sunburnt Country, 24th Feb, University of Western Australia 21-24 February 2019, Perth


  1. ABC TV, News Breakfast
  2. ABC TV, Matter of Fact
  3. BBC World Service Radio, World Today
  4. ABC Radio National, Breakfast
  5. ABC, Nightlife
  6. ABC Alice Springs, Breakfast
  7. ABC Canberra, Mornings
  8. ABC North and West South Australia, Mornings
  9. ABC Brisbane, Statewide Drive
  10. ABC Sydney, Focus
  11. ABC Hobart, Evenings
  12. ABC South East NSW, Mornings
  13. ABC Radio National, The Money
  14. 3CR, Earth Matters
  15. 3RRRFM, The Grapevine
  16. BayFM, Banterstan
  17. BayFM, Make a Change
  18. 3CR Beyond Zero Emissions Radio, interview and podcast
  19. University of Melbourne, Eavesdrop on Experts, podcast
  20. The Conversation AUS Trust Me I’m an Expert, podcast
  21. The Conversation UK The Anthill, podcast
  22. New Books in Australian and New Zealand Studies, podcast
  23. New Books Network USA, podcast


  1. The New York Times, feature
  2. Australian Book Review, review
  3. The Saturday Age/Sydney Morning Herald, review
  4. Sydney Morning Herald, feature
  5. The Sunday Age/Sydney Morning Herald/Brisbane Times, personal profile
  6. Gardening Australia magazine, inclusion
  7. The Guardian, inclusion
  8. Readings Monthly, inclusion
  9. Sunday Territorian, review
  10. Adelaide Advertiser, review
  11. Euroa Gazette, feature
  12. The Chronicle (Toowoomba), review
  13. Ocean Magazine, review
  14. Australian Historical Studies, review
  15. Quaternary Australasia, review
  16. Property Law, review
  17. Australian Quaternary Association Journal, review
  18. Australian Geographic, feature
  19. Arena magazine, review
  20. Insurance News magazine, feature
  21. The Australian Women’s Weekly, feature
  22. The Conversation, extract
  23. Pursuit, extract
  24. ABC Online, feature

Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times, Canberra Times, 11 January 2019:

ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 Festival art exhibition, Water Soil and Life, 4–25 May 2019:

New York Times, 19 May 2019:

Keynote speaker, Australian Actuaries Institute conference, Time to Act, 4 June 2019:

ABC Radio National Breakfast, interview based on AMOS keynote presentation, 11 June 2019:

ABC Radio Canberra Drive, 31 July 2019:

The Guardian, 4 August 2019:

ABC TV Media Watch, 5 August 2019:

The Australian Women’s Weekly magazine, September 2019, 19 August 2019:

The Monthly/Saturday Paper 7am podcast, September 2019:

Insurance News magazine, 1 September 2019:

Byron Shire Council (NSW), Climate risk briefing to Councillors and all staff, 6 September 2019

New York Times, 9 September 2019:

BBC World Service, radio interview on the Australian bushfires, 10 September 2019

The Washington Post, 11 September 2019:

The Byron Echo, 11 September 2019:

Australian Geographic, 16 September 2019:

Le Monde, 17 September 2019:

ABC Radio Overnights, 26 September 2019:

Danish Television ‘Horisont’ (equivalent of Australia’s Dateline or Foreign Correspondent), 22 October 2019:

Public talk: What every Australian should know about climate change, Sydney, 23 October 2019:

Quantum Words Science Writing Festival, Perth, Alternative Facts: writing about science in a post-truth world, 9 November 2019:

Quantum Words Science Writing Festival, Perth, Sunburnt Country: Climate change in Australia, 10 November 2019:

New York Times, 11 November 2019:

Welcoming address, Connecting the Urban public forum, 12 November 2019:

2019 Mick Dark Talk for the Future, Wentworth Falls NSW, Sunburnt Country: The history and future of climate change in Australia, 15 November 2019:

Vice Magazine, 23 November 2019:

New York Times, 8 December 2019:

New York Times interview, 8 January 2019:

New York Times interview, 23 January 2020:

Portrait sitting for 2018 Archibald Award winner Yvette Coppersmith for entry into the 2020 Archibald Prize, 31 January 2020.

Australian Women’s Weekly magazine interview, 01 February 2020 p28-29:

Sydney Morning Herald, 08 February 2020:

USA CBS 60 Minutes, television interview (NB this is the leading current affairs program in the USA with 11 million viewers):

ANU Ursula Hall speaker for The Nature of Things series Apocalypse Now? 19 February 2020:

ABC Radio National, Australia Wide interview, 28 February 2020:

Men’s Health magazine interview, 28 February 2020: The world is burning, May 2020 print edition, p 78-85.

My book Sunburnt Country included in the Book Industry Climate Action Group’s Books for the Climate Emergency must-read list, 4 March 2020:

Interview for Shooting Films documentary on the 2019–2020 Australian bushfire crisis, 13 March 2020

Harvard University Nieman Reports, Covering Climate Change and Countering Skepticism in Australia, 28 April 2019:

ABC online interview Australia’s longest weather record reveals snow in surprising places, 11 June 2020:

Org online article Records reveal new trends in Australian temperature extremes:

ABC Radio Canberra interview on Australian temperature extremes, 4 June 2020

ABC Radio Bathurst interview on Australian temperature extremes, 4 June 2020

Panellist for Melbourne’s City of Yarra’s Cultural Forum event Climate Emergency, 29 June 2020:

Adelaide Advertiser (reprinted in Daily Telegraph) interview on Australian temperature extremes and citizen science, 9 July 2020:

The Monthly/Saturday Paper 7am podcast, 20 July 2020:

Climatic podcast, 10 August 2020:

COSMOS magazine interview, 8 September 2020:

Co-author on open letter to the Chief Scientist of Australia, 25 August 2020:

ABC South Australia interview, launch of Climate History Australia citizen science project, 8 September 2020

ABC Country Hour interview, 8 September 2020:

ABC Life Matters interview, launch of Climate History Australia citizen science project, 9 September 2020:

ABC Perth interview, launch of Climate History Australia citizen science project, 10 September 2020 interview on La Nina seasonal forecast and bushfire risk, 30 September 2020:

Climate for Change interview, 1 October 2020:

Interview and filming for documentary film for NSW Government on the Black Summer, 31 October 2020

Australian Geographic magazine interview, 11 November 2020: Unearthing Australia’s climate history:

National Geographic interview on Australia’s Black Summer, 9 November 2020

3RRR Radio Interview, on my essay A season of change published in the Griffith Review, 23 November 2020

Interview with Gina Rushton book The most important job in the world, on the topic of climate change and raising children, 23 November 2020

Panel discussion, Reading Australian Cli-Fi in Secondary Schools, 4 December 2020:

Panel discussion, ABC RN Big Ideas and The Elemental Summer, 15 December 2019:

The Guardian Full Story podcast, 18 January 2021:

ABC Big Ideas podcast, 9 February 2021:

ABC Big Ideas podcast, 17 February 2021:

Interview for ARTE (France), ABC (Australia), CBC (Canada) feature film Carbon: an unauthorised biography, 6 April 2021:

ABC NSW interview, launch of Perth data rescue citizen science project, 20 April, 2021

ABC Perth interview, launch of Perth data rescue citizen science project, 20 April, 2021

Channel 9 News, television interview, launch of Perth data rescue citizen science project, 20 April, 2021

ABC Online interview, launch of Perth data rescue citizen science project, 21 April, 2021:

ABC Online interview, historical data rescue for Western Australia, 25 May, 2021:

The Guardian interview on IPCC report release: 9 August 2021:

Tripe J Hack interview on IPCC report release: 9 August 2021:

7am podcast, 16 August 2021. A climate scientist offers us hope: