MPR News Presents for June 21, 2013
Jun 21, 2013 Afghan children pump water from a well ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images Guests Peter Gleick: President and co-founder, The Pacific Institute in Oakland, California. Hydrologist and engineer. Member of the National Academy of Sciences and author of many scientific papers and nine books, including the influential series The World's Water and Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water, as well as the newly released A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy. Evan Thomas: Director of the SWEET Lab at Portland State University. Civil engineer and former NASA engineer. Jon Rose: Founder, Waves for Water Jake Norton: Co-founder, Challenge 21 Jason Mark: Panel moderator. Editor, Earth Island Journal.
A billion people don't have reliable access to safe and clean drinking water. A panel of water experts met at the Commonwealth Club of California to discuss the global water crisis and new approaches to solve it.
Afghan children pump water from a well in Gamser, Helmand province, on February 20, 2011. Afghanistan has the highest mortality rate in the world - 257 deaths per 1,000 live births - and 70 percent of the population lacks access to clean water, according to UNICEF. ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images View full gallery