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NBC Event to Address Water-Supply Crisis


NBC, in collaboration with the Weather Channel, will air a special town hall event bringing students, educators, scientists and politicians together to discuss the future of our water supply.

Slated to air on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. EST, “Changing Planet: Adapting to Our Water Future” is the last in a three-part series produced under a partnership between NBC Learn, the National Science Foundation and Discover magazine. NBC News Chief Environmental Affairs Correspondent Anne Thompson moderated the event, which was hosted by Arizona State University.

NBC Green is Universal“We face great challenges now, and in the years and decades ahead when it comes to water—including its scarcity and its purity,” said Thompson. “It is important that we have these kinds of discussions about how we can work together to protect and conserve one of our world’s most important resources.” 

This edition of “Changing Planet” brings together over 400 students and features four leading experts from science, academia and politics: Bill Richardson, former Governor of New Mexico; Grady Gammage, Jr., senior sustainability scholar with the ASU Global Institute of Sustainability and senior research fellow with the ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy; Pat Mulroy, general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority; and Heidi Cullen, former climate expert for The Weather Channel and  current research scientist and correspondent with “Climate Central.”

The Weather Channel will also present encore broadcasts of the first two “Changing Planet” town halls during “Green is Universal” week. “Changing Planet: Our Lives”— moderated by Tom Brokaw and hosted by Yale University—will air on Monday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. EST. “Changing Planet: Clean Energy, Green Jobs and Global Competition”— moderated by Anne Thompson and hosted by George Washington University—will air on Friday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. EST.

A special print adaptation of "Changing Planet: Adapting to Our Water Future" will appear in the December 2011 issue of Discover magazine, available on Nov. 15.

Viewers and readers are invited to get involved through a series of citizen science projects developed to help researchers monitor ecological and environmental changes to the planet. Visit for more information.

Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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