Sonia Shah

Science journalist and author
Sonia Shah Crosscut Festival 2021

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. 


The time and date for this session will be released soon.


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About Sonia Shah

Sonia Shah is a science journalist and author of The Next Great Migration: the beauty and terror of life on the move (Bloomsbury 2020), a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing prize and an Amazon "best science book" of 2020. Her book Pandemic: tracking contagions from cholera to coronaviruses and beyond (Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2016) was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in science/technology, the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the National Association of Science Writers’ Science in Society Award.


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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.