The next wars will be fought over water and not oil. As Global warming takes place, water will become the scarcest resource. Millions will die of thirst and countries will go to war to colonize the water resources. Or maybe not ?
Will Nano technology bring a much more energy efficient way to distill sea water into drinkable water ? So they say. That nano filters will be so tiny that they will be able to trap all salt molecules as water passes through them. I certainly hope so, but do not see that much into the immediate future. While water scarcity is so much upon us. Millions are already dying of either thirst or of drinking contaminated water all over the world.
The strategic importance, I am told, of Turkey is that it controls the rivers Euprates and the Tigris that supply all of Iraq’s water. Golan hights, I understand is of great strategic importance because it’s ability to take command over water resources.
The Canadian think tanks worry that they may become targets of an insidous colonization by the US due to their Water resources.
What no one is saying though, is that we stand on the brink of greatest urban envioromental disaster. Where soon cities of 15 million plus population will not have enough drinking water for all it’s inhabitants. Its like there is water available in the same square mile that you live in, but not a drop for you or your children. This will lead to heavily armed gated communities that have water, surrounded by a city scape that resembles an urban desert with no water. Yet the gated communities will have to find a way to have the water piped to themselves. So they will have to send out out armed gangs that will protect the pipe lines.
Or will the water be flown into them ? Causing an even greater disbalance in use of energy, and even greater global warming.
That , hopefully, is the subject of my next film. Paani. Which means water in Hindi.