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KCRW Live – The Human Face of Drought. In Partnership with Pacific Standard Magazine and Human Rights Watch
February 23, 2017 • 6:00 pm(All times are in PDT)
Thursday, February 23, 2017
6pm – Reception
7pm Sharp – Discussion and live broadcast begin
Free with RSVP*
In a one-hour, live broadcast conversation between investigative reporters, human rights practitioners and environment academics, we will explore the human face of climate change on a global level as well as the very real human consequences of drought on our own California doorstep, and consider the steps we might take towards responding to the symptoms of a warming world. The discussion, moderated by KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian, will be followed by a brief question/answer session.
Nathan Halverson is an Emmy Award-winning reporter and producer for Reveal at the Center for Investigative Reporting. He covers business and finance with a current emphasis on the global food and water system. He was the principal reporter on Reveal’s award-winning coverage of Beijing’s involvement in the takeover of America’s largest pork company, Smithfield Foods. His food and water reporting has taken him to Venezuela, Democratic Republic of Congo, and the deserts of Arizona, where Saudi Arabia has tapped into ancient aquifers to grow hay to ship back to Riyadh. His most recent coverage has focused on why world powers are concerned that water shortages could result in regional instability.
Katharina Rall is a Researcher with the Health and Human Rights Division at Human Rights Watch where her current work is focusing on human rights violations in the context of climate change and environmental health. She also researches economic, social and cultural rights more broadly with the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law. Her experience prior to joining HRW includes collaborating with human rights lawyers and communities affected by extractive industries in Haiti, the protection of human rights defenders in the Inter-American human rights system, litigation and advocacy seeking accountability from the U.N. for its role in Haiti’s cholera outbreak, and advising members of the German Parliament on human rights and international law issues. Katharina holds a law degree from the University of Goettingen School of Law and graduated from New York University School of Law with an LL.M in International Legal Studies. Katharina speaks English, German, French, Spanish, and some Haitian Creole.
Jim Salzman is the Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law with joint appointments at the Bren School and the UCLA Law School. In more than eight books and eighty articles and book chapters, his broad-ranging scholarship has addressed topics spanning drinking water, trade and environment conflicts, policy instrument design, and the legal and institutional issues in creating markets for ecosystem services.He frequently appears as a media commentator and has lectured on environmental policy on every continent except Antarctica. Active in high-level government policy debates, he serves on both the National Drinking Water Advisory Council and the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee. He has served as a visiting law professor at Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, and Yale as well as at universities in Australia, China, Israel, Italy, Portugal, and Sweden. His most recent book, Drinking Water: A History, was praised as a “Recommended Read” by Scientific American and is in its third printing.