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Planet Earth is feeling the heat. Temperatures are rising and current projections say that 9.6 billion of us will inhabit the planet by 2050. And with climate change already taking a toll on crops, fresh water supplies, and other critical resources, many wonder how we will manage to feed an increasingly hot and hungry planet. Journalist Lisa Palmer has traveled the world documenting the innovations of people and organizations on the front lines of fighting the food gap. She shares those stories in her new book, “Hot, Hungry Planet: The Fight to Stop a Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate Change.” That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


Lisa Palmer is a Senior Fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and is a former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar with the Environmental Change and Security Program. As an independent journalist Palmer has reported almost exclusively on climate change, the environment, and business sustainability since 2008. Her work has appeared in publications such as Slate Magazine, Nature Climate Change, The Guardian, Yale E360, The Yale Forum, Scientific American, and The New York Times, among many others. She is a professional member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, the National Association of Science Writers, and the D.C. Science Writers Association, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She has received grants and fellowships to support her work from the National Science Foundation-funded National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center, the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, and the Solutions Journalism Network, among many others. She received her B.S. from Boston University and her M.S. from Simmons College in Boston. Her new book is titled, “Hot, Hungry Planet: The Fight to Stop a Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate Change.”

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John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.

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