Photos: Stephen SmithPhotos: Stephen Smith

Thirsty Planet

India, Israel: Two Paths in Response to Global Water Crisis

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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.


    In This Documentary

  • A water shortage in Ranila village forces residents to walk more than a mile to get water from a well. The responsibility for fetching water falls heavily on women and girls. (Photo: Stephen Smith)

    India: Delivering water by hand

    In much of India, getting enough water is a low-tech affair. In some places, women draw water by hand; in others suicide rates among farmers have risen because drought and dropping water tables make their lives difficult.
  • The Hadera Desalination Plant in Israel. (Photo: U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv | Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Israel: Using technology, engineering to cut reliance on Galilee

    Water has been a matter of national security for Israel since the nation's inception. Drought and growth have pushed the country to use desalination, wastewater recycling and other technology and engineering feats to address the demand. But it's a different picture where Palestinians are involved.

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Credits

Producers: Stephen Smith, Samara Freemark
Editor: Catherine Winter
Digital Editor: Dave Peters
Managing Director, Editor in Chief, APM Reports: Chris Worthington
Field Producers: Uri Blau, Kunal Shankar
Digital Producer: Andy Kruse
Associate Producers: Suzanne Pekow, Ryan Katz
Audio Mixing: Stephen Smith, Craig Thorson
Project Manager: Ellen Guettler
Fact-Checker: Michelle Rae Harris
Interns: Emily Haavik, Lila Cherneff, Alex Baumhardt
Special Thanks: Liz Lyon, Kifah Abdul Halim, Arjun Neeli, Rajesh Kapur, Kumud Verma, Jwala Vijayan, Sumedha Dhasmana.

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