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Wars And Threats To Our Coffee Supply: Lessons From Covering Climate Change

As she headlines a Houston symposium on climate change, Somini Sengupta discusses what she’s learned as the global climate reporter for The New York Times.

Somini Sengupta covers global climate change for The New York Times.


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Covering the issue of climate change for The New York Times has taken reporter Somini Sengupta all around the globe to some of the places most vulnerable to warming temperatures.

In some of those places she’s seen how climate change has exacerbated wars, how people are already losing property to sea level rise, and how warming temperatures threaten our global coffee supply, to name just a few examples.

In the audio above, she tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty about some of the common threads she's found in those places and what gives her reason to remain optimistic despite all the negative news about climate change.

Sengupta is delivering the keynote speech tonight at the Rothko Chapel's three-day symposium that runs through Saturday called Toward a Better Future: Transforming the Climate Crisis.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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