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The Global Water Challenge
The world's population is growing, and with it, so is the demand for water.

The world's population is growing, and with it, so is the demand for water. This month's America Abroad examines global issues related to water, from dams on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, to droughts and floods in Queensland, Australia. We'll also discuss solutions from water-related I.T. in the developing world, to solar-powered purification after the Haiti earthquake.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Winston Yu
Winston Yu is a Senior Water Resources Specialist at the World Bank in the South Asia Region. He has extensive experience working on technical and institutional problems in the water sector and has carried out a number of project investments, studies, and research in a variety of countries.

The Global Water Challenge / Produced by Joseph Braude, Linda Gradstein, Constanze Letsch, Jim Luce, Michael Rhee, and A.C. Valdez / Additional production help was provided by Flawn Williams / Web producer: Javier Barrera / Photography: IRIN Photos, Jonathan Kalan, Jim Luce, Adam Reeder, and Michael Rhee.

Host: Ray Suarez / Length: 51 minutes / Airdate: June 2013 and June 2012

This show was made possible through the generous support of Qatar Foundation International.

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