Why is water a national security issue?
- Access to safe drinking water is a critical health issue in the developing world. Poor people are dying for lack of safe water.
- 1.1 Billion people in Africa, Asia and Latin America lack access to safe water.
- Water has been at the heart of conflict throughout recorded history (see http://www.worldwater.org/conflict.htm).
- Water is particularly valuable in the Middle East.
- Freshwater may become the oil of the late 21st century.