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Your Call: Mapping the drought: From Brazil to California

Nacho Doce
A resident looks out of her apartment in a building painted with a drought-related mural, painted by Brazilian artist Mundano, depicting a man getting water from a cactus plant, in Sao Paulo November 25, 2014.

One the May 8th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss media coverage of California’s drought. Governor Brown’s mandatory water conservation plans have attracted national attention. How are the media reporting on California’s water crisis and water policies? We’ll also talk about the historic drought in Brazil. We’ll be joined by freelance journalist Matt Weiser, San Jose Mercury’s Lisa Krieger and independent journalist Mauricio Savarese joins us from São Paulo, Brazil. Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Lisa Krieger, award-winning journalist with the San Jose Mercury News

Matt Weiser, freelance writer covering water and environment

Mauricio Savarese, freelance journalist based in São Paulo, Brazil

Web Resources:

Mauricio Savarese: Brazil’s media shrinks, and sponsored trolls make political debate impossible

National Geographic: Lucrative But Thirsty Almonds Come Under Fire Amid Drought

San Jose Mercury: California drought: Delta smelt survey finds a single fish, heightening debate over water supply

IBT: São Paulo Drought 2015: Photos Of Historic Water Crisis In Brazil Show City On The Brink Of Collapse [PHOTOS]

Earth Island Institute: From California to São Paulo, Challenging Agribusiness’s Water Monopoly

San Jose Mercury: California Drought: San Joaquin Valley sinking as farmers race to tap aquifer

Alternet: Why Is Media Coverage of California Drought Omitting Biggest Culprit?