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Chris Turney
Decarbonising the economy

Chris Turney is an award winning British and Australian Earth scientist, entrepreneur, and optimist. As the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research at the University of Technology Sydney, he spearheads research addressing environmental, social, and economic challenges. Chris champions the value of research findings in decision-making and is passionate about universities supporting the decarbonisation of the global economy. In line with this vision, he co-founded CarbonScape, a New Zealand-based clean tech company, where he currently serves as a Scientific Advisor, focusing on sustainable graphite production for lithium-ion batteries. Chris actively engages the public in scientific discourse and serves as a Non-Executive Director for the NSW Environmental Protection Authority and the Deep Tech incubator Cicada. 

Marian Wilkinson is a multi-award-winning journalist whose career has spanned radio, television and print, covering politics, national security and climate change. She has been a foreign correspondent in Washington for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age and executive producer of the ABC’s Four Corners. As environment editor for the SMH in 2009 her joint Four Corners production, The Tipping Point, reporting on the rapid melt of Arctic Sea ice won a Walkley Award. Wilkinson has authored four books including, The Carbon Club: How a network of influential climate sceptics, politicians and business leaders fought to control Australia’s climate policy (2020).

Earth scientist and researcher Chris Turney has made significant contributions to the field of climate science through his multifaceted research tackling environmental challenges with a focus on the Antarctic. Through his leadership at the University of Technology Sydney, Turney is fostering collaborations among scientists and policymakers to accelerate decarbonisation.  

This episode of 100 Climate Conversations will be available on January 19, 2024.

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