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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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Reduce government intervention

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From: Jonathan V., San Antonio, TX

Too often, a question of what can or should be done to address an identified problem implicitly places the burden on the collective -- and by extension, our government. This is seldom a legitimate approach. We have to take control of our own lives and families. We need elected officials who understand that, despite good (sometimes) intentions, our government has done great damage to our general economy and way of life. It has penalized industriousness and subsidized idleness for generations. So changing our mindset is the first and most critical step toward reducing poverty. Get government out of the equation, and we'll put ourselves back to work.


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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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