With knowledge from our deserts, Australians can reshape the human story. Dry Times: Blueprint for a Red Land provides new insights into how our desert environments and institutions work - and how this affects the people living in them, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal alike.It shows that the desert offers solutions to the challenges of living in an uncertain and threatening age, teaching us new ways to live, manage scarce resources, and cope with climatic extremes, isolation and lack of water and energy. These lessons apply not only to remote regions, but also to cities and entire nations as humanity faces growing scarcity of vital resources.With vivid examples drawn from Australia's desert life, outback people, animals and plants, Dry Times holds many positive lessons for our nation and humanity in a changing and resource-depleted world.
Dr Mark Stafford Smith is a desert ecologist and systems thinker, who has lived in Alice Springs and worked on desert research for the past 25 years, now resident in Canberra. He is the author of some 150 peer-reviewed publications on the ecology and management of outback Australia. He was an inaugural winner of the NT Research and Innovation Awards in 2005 for his contribution to desert knowledge. He sits on several national and international advisory groups related to climate change and desertification. Julian Cribb is a science communicator and writer. He is Adjunct Professor of Science Communication at the University of Technology Sydney and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He is a former newspaper editor and director of National Awareness for CSIRO. He holds 32 awards for journalism.