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Twenty years ago, before the alarm about Climate Change, the World Bank warned about upcoming wars — not over oil, but water. Now, the UN predicts that two thirds of the world will suffer shortages in the next ten years due to waste, pollution, and the growth of a global middle class. Some Fortune 500 companies are ahead of the game, conserving and cleaning up water to protect their profits, while the cost for the rest of us rises. There are technologies to create more fresh water, but they’re expensive. Is water a commercial product, or a basic human right?

Also, the "day of rage" in Gaza, and should the US revive the firing squad?

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Proposed Cease Fire and Day of Rage 6 MIN, 30 SEC

In the West Bank today, five Palestinians were killed by Israeli security forces during widespread protests planned as a “day of rage” over the war in Gaza. The focus was yesterday’s deadly strike on a school where civilians had taken refuge. Meanwhile, Israel and Hamas are discussing a week-long ceasefire proposal by US Secretary of State John Kerry. Joel Greenberg is in Jerusalem for the McClatchy News Service.

Joel Greenberg, freelance reporter

Water Wars Loom as World Supply Shrinks 35 MIN, 7 SEC

For decades, countries around the world have ignored warnings about upcoming wars over water and worked hard to build a global middle class — with growing prosperity that depends on what turns out to be a finite resource. Companies whose profits depend on water are worried that it’s running out. The chair of giant, multi-national Nestle told Pilita Clark that the shortage of water is a “much more urgent” than climate change. She’s an environmental reporter for the Financial Times, which recently published her series called, “A World Without Water.”

Pilita Clark, Financial Times (@pilitaclark)
Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute (@PeterGleick)
Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News (@PaulRogersSJMN)
Thomas Davis, University of Texas at El Paso

Bottled and Sold

Peter H. Gleick

Federal Judge Says Firing Squad Makes More Sense than Lethal Injection 8 MIN, 26 SEC

In Oklahoma, Ohio and, most recently, Arizona, executioners have botched the administration of lethal injections, creating spectacles of agony that some people call “torture.” “Using drugs… to carry out executions is a misguided effort,” according to the Chief Judge of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. In a recent opinion, Judge Alex Kozinski wrote that, “If we as a society want to carry out executions, we should be willing to face that the fact that the state is committing a horrendous brutality on our behalf.” Judge Kozinski joins us.

Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals


Warren Olney

Evan George
Sonya Geis

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