Abrahm Lustgarten

Senior Reporter on Climate, ProPublica
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Session: The Great Climate Migration

11 a.m. Tuesday, May 4

Wildfires in the west. Hurricanes in the east. Droughts and floods throughout the nation. Life has become increasingly untenable for tens of millions of Americans. In the southern hemispheres around the world, from rural Guatemalans to subsistence farmers in Kenya, countless more experience drought or scorching heat. All face an existential threat. Without money to address the problem, migration is often simply a question of survival. But where will everyone go? This will be a discussion with Abrahm Lustgarten, Sonia Shah and moderator Ted Alvarez, Crosscut’s Science and Environment Editor. 


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About Abrahm Lustgarten

Abrahm Lustgarten is a senior environmental reporter at ProPublica investigating climate change and our response to a rapidly shifting environment. He is the author of a three-part investigation for the New York Times Magazine about global human migration and climate change and is currently writing a book, his third, about a mass climate exodus. His 2015 series about the rapid depletion and mismanagement of the Colorado River was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Cornell.


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About Crosscut Festival 2021


Join journalists, politicians, authors, creators and newsmakers from our community and around the nation May 3-8, 2021 as we come together to take a hard look at the people, policy and events that shape our lives.


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Your submitted questions could help shape our conversations in May. We’ll accept questions until mid-April, then pass along popular and thought-provoking topics for moderators to potentially include in their scripts.