The Earth Convention - The Four Elements: Water

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5x15 and Rathbones present the Four Elements, the second series of panels in the Earth Convention series. This panel looks at Water.

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Doreen Cunningham
Whales and climate change

Doreen Cunningham is an Irish-British writer born in Wales. After studying engineering she worked briefly in climate related research at NERC and in storm modelling at Newcastle University, before turning to journalism. She worked for the BBC World Service for twenty years as an international news presenter, editor, producer and reporter. She won the RSL Giles St Aubyn Award 2020 and was shortlisted for the Eccles Centre and Hay Festival Writers Award 2021 for Soundings, her first book.

Alok Jha
Why water matters

Alok Jha is a science correspondent for The Economist, writing on everything from cosmology to particle physics and stem cells to climate change. Before that, he was science correspondent for ITN and The Guardian, covering daily news and current affairs for more than a decade. He has also written and presented multiple TV and radio documentary series for the BBC. In 2018, he spent a year as a Wellcome fellow, developing new storytelling formats for complex topics. He has reported from all over the world, including live from Antarctica, and is also the author of three popular science books, including The Water Book (Headline, 2015).

Tobias Jones
Droughts and the river Po

Tobias Jones worked at the London Review of Books for several years before moving to Italy, where he was lecturer in English literature at Parma University. Tobias has written and presented television programmes for the Italian stations RAI 3, Ricchi d'Italia and Cervelli d'Italia which have received a great deal of praise both from the Italian press and the viewing public. He has also made documentaries for BBC Four and BBC Radio 3 and 4. He writes for various UK newspapers as well as the Italian political magazine Internazionale. He was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, and he is the author of numerous successful books, including The Dark Heart of Italy, Utopian Dreams, A Place of Refuge and Ultra. His new book, The Po: An Elegy for Italy's Longest River, was published by Head of Zeus in July 2022.

Adam Nicolson
Life between the tides

Adam Nicolson is the prize-winning author of many books on history, landscape, and great literature. He is the winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, the W. H. Heinemann Award, the Ondaatje Prize, the Wainwright Prize for nature writing and the Jeffries Prize. His books include The Life Between the Tides and Why Homer Matters. He lives on a farm in Sussex.