Reminder | Talk to the Author of “Hot, Hungry Planet” | Tuesday Jul 18

The World Affairs Councils of America provides a monthly special program called “Cover to Cover” that features interactive phone conferencing with authors of global affairs related books. We thank them for their support and we are pleased to share this information with you here as a benefit of your affiliation with the Tennessee World Affairs Council.



The World Affairs Councils of America and the

Tennessee World Affairs Council Present

“Hot, Hungry Planet”

Lisa Palmer


Tuesday, July 18, 2017
1:00-1:30 p.m. CT.

Earth will have more than 9.6 billion people by 2050 according to U.N. predictions. With resources already scarce, how will we feed them all? Journalist Lisa Palmer has traveled the world for years documenting the cutting-edge innovations of people and organizations on the front lines of fighting the food gap. Here, she shares the story of the epic journey to solve the imperfect relationship between two of our planet’s greatest challenges: climate change and global hunger.

Hot, Hungry Planet focuses on three key concepts that support food security and resilience in a changing world: social, educational, and agricultural advances; land use and technical actions by farmers; and policy nudges that have the greatest potential for reducing adverse environmental impacts of agriculture while providing more food. Palmer breaks down this difficult subject though seven concise and easily-digestible case studies over the globe and presents the stories of individuals in six key regions―India, sub-Saharan Africa, the United States, Latin America, the Middle East, and Indonesia―painting a hopeful picture of both the world we want to live in and the great leaps it will take to get there.


About the Author

Lisa Palmer is an award-winning journalist and senior fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) who has written about science, the environment, sustainability and social challenges of a changing global environment for over 17 years for publications around the world. Her first book is Hot, Hungry Planet: The Fight to Stop a Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate Change, to be published by St. Martin’s Press in May 2017. The book brings readers on a global journey that explores the human story behind complex hot-button issues of food security and the environment, and it documents innovations by people and organizations working on the front lines of fighting to improve food security. You can read more about the book, her writing, and events at

Palmer is a recipient of many grants and awards for her writing. She has been a grantee of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, a media fellow at the Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center, and a fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. She was previously a public policy scholar at The Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., where she conducted research on global food security, resilience, and policies related to sustainable agriculture. Palmer serves as a mentor to journalists in the Women in Public Service Project, and she has professional memberships in the Society of Environmental Journalists, the National Association of Science Writers, and the D.C. Science Writers Association. She is a graduate of Boston University and earned her master’s degree at Simmons College in Boston.

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