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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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From: Nan W., Portland, OR

Due to disabilities, and through no fault of my own, I've been unemployable for the last four and a half years. I have had no income for that long. I've been fighting and struggling for help from Social Security for over three years, which is now the norm. To make it completely hellish, the state of Oregon does not help those in my situation, except with food stamps, which aren't enough to eat on for a month. So, I have to steal toilet paper, as I have no family support, significant other, or (anymore) friends able to help. I live in monthly terror of my phone being turned off (the state assistance plan gets it down to ten bucks a month), as well as my water and sewer bill getting me evicted for non-payment (my apartment lease requires that I am up to date on payments). It's a miracle I'm not homeless. If I didn't have faith, I don't think, at age 55, that I'd have made it this far! As for ideas? How, in a system so thoroughly corrupted by corporate money and agendas? You tell me. I know e-mailing legislators is a total waste of time. Their response? What I call "willful ignorance."


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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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