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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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Re-establish the middle class

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From: Gene W., Bismarck, ND

The working class must be saved in much the same way the financial sector was saved from collapse over a year ago. In fact, a more intelligent economic stimulus plan at that time would have been restoring the wealth of workers first, then that of the banks. One hundred percent of health care must be provided. Health care and retirement pensions are forms of wealth that have been systematically withdrawn from the middle class over the past 30 years. Wages must be restored. Current middle income wage earners cannot afford to maintain middle class standards of living. Although median range income earners continue to exist, the middle class, as a way of life, has ceased to exist in the United States. As a result, businesses and industries are experiencing economic hardship. But when businesses and industries spent two generations firing workers and trimming wages and benefits in order to inflate stock prices and look profitable in the short term, they were bound to run out of customers to sell their products to. More at www.viewfromthemiddle.org


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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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