The Global Water Challenge

The Global Water Challenge

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.

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 PhotosJonathan Kalan, Jim Luce, Adam Reeder, and Michael Rhee /Host: Ray Suarez / Length: 51 minutes / Airdate: June 2013 and June 2012


Water Crisis in Yemen

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.

The politics of the Jordan River

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.

Turkey: Tapping the Tigris

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.

Droughts and floods: A decade down under

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.

Mitigating Haiti's water emergency

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. -