Somini Sengupta: Hot Cities on a Hotter Planet

Presented by The New York Times and NGV

At a time when the majority of the world’s population is urban, climate change presents grave new risks for the world’s cities and forces city folks to figure out how to survive.

Somini Sengupta, international climate reporter for The New York Times, considers the scale of the problem and the different ways urban populations around the world are rapidly recalibrating to address and counter climate change.

Includes an opportunity to view Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds from 8–9.30pm.


Somini Sengupta, The New York Times’s international climate reporter, tells the stories of communities and landscapes most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. A George Polk Award-winning foreign correspondent, she has reported from a Congo River ferry, a Himalayan glacier, the streets of Baghdad and Mumbai and many places in between. As The New York Times’s United Nations correspondent, she reported on global challenges from war to women’s rights. Her first book, The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India’s Young, was published in 2016 by W.W. Norton. She grew up in India, Canada and the United States, graduating from the University of California at Berkeley.