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Thirsty Planet

Scientists say most people on Earth will first experience climate change in terms of water -- either too much or too little. This documentary explores some of the most pressing water problems and some innovative solutions by visiting two countries where water issues are critical: India and Israel. A vast and ecologically diverse country, India suffers from water problems found across the globe: flooding, drought, pollution, and lack of access by the poor. In Israel, a combination of cutting-edge technology and sweeping government policy has largely solved the nation's long struggle with water scarcity. But the benefits of abundant water are not shared equally throughout Israel and the West Bank.

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Implement a reversible income tax

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From: JAMES P., MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Implement a refundable tax credit for every adult in the United States: $10,000 per year to replace all forms of income support -- e.g., welfare, unemployment insurance, Social Security, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), farm price supports, mortgage interest deductions, other income tax deductions, and college scholarships. If an adult earns less than $10,000 per year, the government brings him or her up to that level. Children would receive a percentage of the adult tax credit equal to the age of the child times 5 percent. (Thus, a one-year-old child would receive $500, a ten-year-old, $5,000, and a 20-year-old, $10,000).


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American RadioWorks |
Photos: Stephen Smith

Thirsty Planet

Scientists say most people on Earth will first experience climate change in terms of water -- either too much or too little. This documentary explores some of the most pressing water problems and some innovative solutions by visiting two countries where water issues are critical: India and Israel. A vast and ecologically diverse country, India suffers from water problems found across the globe: flooding, drought, pollution, and lack of access by the poor. In Israel, a combination of cutting-edge technology and sweeping government policy has largely solved the nation's long struggle with water scarcity. But the benefits of abundant water are not shared equally throughout Israel and the West Bank.

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