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Introduction: India Water Crisis (02:56)


This brief overview of India's water shortage orients viewers with excerpts from the upcoming program.

Black Carbon (02:29)

Bernice Notenboom travels to the mountains. She is surprised to see black carbon on the ice and snow. These particles increase the melt rate of glaciers.

Glacial Melt (02:56)

Scientists are concerned about the rapid melting of glaciers in the Himalayas. A couple of degrees could mean a huge difference in how long the glaciers will last.

Monitoring Glaciers (02:28)

Satellites and ground crews work together to create a firm report on how quickly the glaciers are changing.

Deep Gorge Research (03:03)

Scientists use a camera hanging from a helicopter to investigate outburst lakes created in Himalayan gorges.

Monitoring Glacier Lakes (02:56)

The team studies and measures a glacial lake that could be on the verge of collapse. Experts explain what happens when lakes collapse.

Flash Flood (02:42)

Notenboom visits a village that was caught by surprise when a glacier lake collapsed and flooded their town. Residents down stream constantly face danger.

Ganges river (02:16)

The Ganges originates in the Himalayas and provides more than half of India's fresh water supply; it faces an uncertain future as temperatures climb.

India Agriculture (02:44)

Notenboom stops in Rishikesh; she plans to follow the Ganges River across the agricultural plains. The river is a vital source of fresh water for farms.

Agricultural Difficulties (04:12)

Decreased monsoon rains and increased temperatures limit India's food supply. Scientists work with local farmers to help them adapt to the changing climate.

Summer Monsoon (02:59)

Learn how monsoons develop and the necessary role they fulfill in India. Explore the consequences of no monsoons and watch the evidence of destruction from major monsoons.

Atmospheric Brown Cloud (04:54)

Professor Ramanathan discovered the cloud and gathered data using drones. The brown cloud increases air temperature and affects weather patterns.

Fuel Stacking (03:41)

Annually, over 3.5 million people die from exposure to the atmospheric brown cloud.The women and children in India face health complications from their traditional method of cooking.

Carbon Credit Program (03:25)

New cook stoves offer cleaner burning technologies that are beneficial to human health and the environment. Families in India can earn money by using the cook stoves.

Innovations in India (02:28)

Small solar lights are revolutionizing lives in India. Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri discusses the trajectory of India's drought problems.

Point of No Return (03:29)

Review the critical water situation in India and explore potential ways to combat those issues.

Credits: India Water Crisis (00:47)

Credits: India Water Crisis

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India Water Crisis: The Tipping Points

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Bernice Notenboom leads an expedition from the Himalayas ti the plains of India, following one of the most famous river systems in the world – the Ganges. Fresh water sources from the Himalayas that provide water to over 1 billion people are under threat, but just what is happening here and how fast is what Bernice sets out to find out. In this film, she witnesses black carbon in glaciers, visits a village that was caught in a flash flood, explores agriculture along the Ganges River, and learns about health problems that women and children face in India. 

Length: 53 minutes

Item#: BVL93803

ISBN: 978-1-68272-007-3

Copyright date: ©2013

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