H2O Catalyst: Live Interactive Broadcast from World Water Week

Global Groundwater Emergency

What do you need to know about the world’s declining and contaminated groundwater supplies? Hundreds of millions of people are affected, from Asia to the United States. Experts discuss the global situation — with focus on India and Michigan — in a special live broadcast from World Water Week in Stockholm August 28, 2018.


J. Carl Ganter

J. Carl Ganter is co-founder and director of Circle of Blue, the internationally recognized center for original frontline reporting, research, and analysis on resource issues with a focus on the intersection between water, food, and energy. Carl — an award-winning photojournalist, reporter, and broadcaster — is recognized for developing the keen skills that helped to shape the multimedia journalism era. He received the Rockefeller Foundation’s Centennial Innovation Award (2012).

Upmanu Lall

Dr. Upmanu Lall is the director of the Columbia Water Center, a unit of the Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Lall has over 33 years of experience in statistical and numerical modeling of hydrologic and climatic systems, and water resource planning and management.

Claudia Ringler

Dr. Claudia Ringler was appointed Deputy Division Director of IFPRI’s Environment and Production Technology Division in 2011. From 1996 until her current appointment, she served in various other research positions in that division. She currently co-leads the Institute’s water research program and is also a basin theme leader in the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems

Cody Angell

Cody Angell is a water activist and organizer. His work is focused on advocating against the contamination in Michigan’s groundwater to state official. He is the founder of Demand Action, an organization that had originally started as a response to local water pollutants, but has grown to become a statewide coalition activists. His work began upon discovering that PFC and Legacy site contamination were present within a mile of his home.

Brett Walton

Brett writes about agriculture, energy, infrastructure, and the politics and economics of water in the United States for Circle of Blue. Brett also writes the Federal Water Tap, Circle of Blue’s weekly digest of U.S. government water news. He has an MA in Central Asian studies from the University of Washington and a BA in English from the University of Richmond. He is the winner of two Society of Environmental Journalists reporting awards, one of the top honors in American environmental journalism: first place for explanatory reporting for a series on septic system pollution in the United States (2016) and third place for beat reporting in a small market (2014). Brett has received fellowships from SEJ (2013) and the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources (2011). He is a frequent public speaker on U.S. water issues. Prior to Circle of Blue, Brett worked on a NASA-affiliated water data research project.

Keith Schneider

Keith manages story development for Circle of Blue. As senior editor and chief correspondent for our Global Choke Pointproject, Keith has reported on the intensifying confrontation between water, food, and energy from six continents. Keith holds a BA from Haverford College, and he is a nationally known journalist, online communications specialist, and environmental policy expert. He has won numerous awards for his work as a journalist, program innovator, and editor, including two George Polk Memorial Awards for environmental and national reporting (1984 and 1988), which are among the most prestigious in American journalism. For more than a decade, Keith was a national correspondent for The New York Times, where he continues to report as a special writer on energy, urban affairs, real estate, business, technology, environment, agriculture, and cultural trends. Before joining Circle of Blue, he was media and communications director at the US Climate Action Network and communications director at the Apollo Alliance. Keith developed one of the first independent online news desks as the founder and executive director of the Michigan Land Use Institute.