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Climate change expert Professor Will Steffen maps out our dry future

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It seems the only thing that is balack and white in the climate change debate is whether you are a believer or a skeptic.

Climate change expert Professor Will Steffen tells the Breakfast show WA’s future is going to be hotter and drier.

Skeptics of his science however have called through to disagree.

Listen to the arguements from both sides here.

Who is Professor Will Steffen?

College: ANU Climate Change Institute

Position: Executive Director

Core Capability: Understanding the climate systemHuman dimensions of climate changeClimate change & the Asia-Pacific regionMitigation: energy, economics & institutionsAdapting to the impacts of climate change

Will Steffen has a long history in international global change research, serving from 1998 to 2004 as Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), based in Stockholm, Sweden, and before that as Executive Officer of IGBP’s Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems project.

Prior to taking up the ANU Climate Change Institute Directorship in 2008, Steffen was the inaugural director of the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society. From 2004 to 2011 he served as science adviser to the Australian Government Department of Climate Change. He is currently a Climate Commissioner with the Australian Government Climate Commission; Chair of the Antarctic Science Advisory Committee, Co-Director of the Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) initiative and Member of the ACT Climate Change Council.

Steffen’s interests span a broad range within the fields of sustainability and Earth System science, with an emphasis on the science of climate change, approaches to climate change adaptation in land systems, incorporation of human processes in Earth System modelling and analysis; and the history and future of the relationship between humans and the rest of nature.