Introduction: Crisis (01:49)
Kelly McEvers works with scientists and filmmakers to create this documentary about water. Water supply changes reshape our world.
Chapter One: Follow the Water (10:33)
Saltwater has entered the Gaza aquifer and 97% of wells are unfit for consumption; Yehia Jedallah collects water from a charity. The Salton Sea in California is now dry and desolate. NASA launches the GRACE Mission to track the movement of water around the world.
Chapter Two: Drought (07:37)
The Cape Town Reservoir is nearly dry. Residents stand in line to collect water and farmers receive water and livestock feed from a charity. Moisture lost in drought goes somewhere else; Mike Olbinski chases supercells.
Chapter Three: Floods (04:33)
In 2018, Hurricane Florence stalls on the coast of the Carolinas, collects moisture from the ocean, and distributes it on land. Photographer Gideon Mendel documents increased flooding around the world.
Chapter Four: Hidden Water (06:11)
Nearly 50% of farm irrigation water comes from underground. The GRACE Mission allows scientists to see that groundwater is disappearing.
Chapter Four: Hidden Water—Ogallala Aquifer (05:52)
Mike Callicrate blames industrial agriculture for diminishing water supplies and lost communities. Over half of the world's aquifers are past sustainability tipping points. In 2006, Syria experiences a severe drought and farmers overdraw aquifers.
Chapter Five: Connections (08:38)
Zaatari Refugee Camp houses approximately 80,000 people, including Mahmoud Al-Kadr. Troy Sternberg links drought to social unrest, global politics, and war.
Chapter Five: Connections—Water Economy (07:28)
Giulio Boccaletti reports that in 10 years, fresh water demands will exceed supplies by 40%. Sarina Prabasi discusses New York's approach to water management. Every region will need its own approach to addressing water scarcity.
Credits: Crisis (00:36)
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