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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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Ease process of getting small business loans

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From: Thomas T., Mobridge, SD

Everything's going to be okay.

That's the line I keep hearing, and something I keep telling myself. I started my art business last year, and received my state sales tax license. But so far, that's as far as I've gotten. Recently, an invitation to the 2011 Governor's Conference on Tourism, sent out to Made in South Dakota producers, came to my door. Being there, showing my work in our state's capital would be the shot in the arm my art business needs. However, booth space is $75. Housing and food for the two days would cost about $300 total. I have roughly $3 in savings now -- just enough to keep the account open. So I politely e-mailed those in charge of the event, and disappointedly declined. I now know how Cinderella felt being left home, while her sisters got to go to the ball.

My idea for reducing poverty is less government red tape to get loans for small businesses. I keep prices for my work low so everyone can afford something. Government and big businesses (banks especially) can afford to open up on loans.


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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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