Radio release–The Global Water ChallengeSubmitted by admin on Thu, 06/07/2012 - 18:31
(Washington DC – June 6, 2012) America Abroad’s June radio documentary is “The Global Water Challenge.”
As global population grows, so does the demand for water. Yet less than one percent of the planet’s supply is potable, and estimates suggest that 40% of humanity will not have access to clean water by 2025. Explore the complex issues surrounding this precious resource in this month’s episode of America Abroad.
• Perhaps the most dire water crisis in the Arab world is in the Republic of Yemen, one of the poorest nations in the region. Joseph Braude talks with the country’s former minister of water and the environment.
• Today the Jordan River is shallow, narrow and polluted. Despite collaborative efforts between Israel and Jordan, progress is often stifled by regional politics. Linda Gradstein reports from the banks of the river.
• Currently under construction in southeastern Turkey, the Ilısu Dam is intended to meet the country’s growing electricity needs. But this controversial project risks washing away thousands of years of history. Constanze Letsch reports from Istanbul.
• Over the past ten years, Australia has seen some of the worst droughts and floods in its recorded history. These unpredictable conditions have forced citizens to adapt in a variety of ways. Michael Rhee reports from Brisbane.
• In the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, access to clean water was nearly impossible. A New Jersey mayor responded to this emergency with a sophisticated act of generosity. James Luce reports from Rahway, New Jersey.
Host Ray Suarez discusses the water challenges facing our planet – from scarcity to sanitation – with Winston Yu, World Bank scholar and professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Listen to The Global Water Challenge »