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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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Adjust the numerical indices of poverty

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From: Robert R., Wynnewood, PA

How do we pull the one in seven Americans living in poverty out? These conclusions are based on self-reported Census data, so they have to be discounted to account for the ever-present incentives to understate income. I do not doubt that there were systematic efforts to under-report income that were set in motion in many states, efforts born and bred in the back offices of unprincipled, "anything goes" governors the likes of Edward Rendell and Rod Blagojevich, well before the actual Census even occurred. So the answer (if not the solution) is to adjust the numerical indices of poverty. That in itself might eliminate 25 percent of the perceived problem. Spoken like a true economist!


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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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