TROPICAL RAINFORESTS: Disappearing Opportunities
Environmental SecuritySuch losses of freshwater resources is considered one of the most immediate threats to national security in many countries. Freshwater - required for human consumption, agriculture, and industrial operations - or the lack thereof, can have a tremendous effect on the social, economic, and political climate of a country. Realizing the importance of water, politicians of the future may try to secure their existing freshwater supplies or wage war to acquire other sources of water. demand for water increases as the standard of living improves, politicians of the future will look to guarantee freshwater supplies. Since demand for water increases as the standard of living improves, developing countries, where political and social conditions are often tense, will likely experience the most pressure from shrinking water supplies. In the future, wars may be fought over water, not oil. Already Egypt has made it well known to its upstream neighbors - Sudan and Ethiopia - that it is willing to go to war over the Nile's water.