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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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Many people who are in difficult financial straits often are isolated, with no close friends. Friends can be emotional support, contacts for jobs, and sources of information. Sharing a story of being poor now or in the past reduces stigma, focuses on reality, and builds community, which strengthens bonds among people who can then help one another. Social capital is not expensive, requires no votes, and is proven to be successful.


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I am amazed to discover many low-income families do not understand the need to live on a budget or how to live on a fixed income. The meaning of 'budget' is foreign to some low-income families. Perhaps providing a supportive course on how to budget on a low household income, might be of benefit for some low-income persons.


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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