American Radio Works: Thirsty Planet

American Radio Works: Thirsty Planet

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm

American Radio Works explores the most immediate repercussion of climate change: changes in water levels.  

Some, like those living in India, have a range of water issues like flooding, spread of disease, and restriction of water to the poor. In the capital city of Dehli, thousands line up in the pre-dawn hours just so they can get a ration of clean water. The warming of the Indian Ocean has caused irregular monsoon patterns that have caused both flooding and drought for rural farmers. Thirsty Planet, airing on Sunday, May 22 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370, explores some of the most pressing water problems and some innovative solutions by visiting two countries where water issues are critical: India and Israel.

The country of Israel also has many unique water problems. Israel is in the desert so innovative methods had to be employed to ensure survival. Israeli scientists have discovered methods of wastewater recycling and seawater desalination that have put an end to their water crisis. Despite this success, Palestinians in the West Bank continue to die of thirst.