This article describes the impact of global energy demand on freshwater resources around the globe. Today, the goals of energy policies are to prevent greenhouse gas emissions being released into the atmosphere…but what these policies don’t take into consideration is the fact that petroleum demand drives freshwater resource consumption internationally, whereas gas and electricity demand drives freshwater resource consumption nationally. This international demand puts pressure on water resources in regions where water is deemed scarce right now. The article states that these water scare regions should be considered when policies are being designed in order to ensure the security of freshwater and energy supply. I believe that this is important in relation to water management for many reasons. It is important that when international policies are thought up, ALL aspects and places and things need to be taken into consideration to ensure positive outcomes for all. Of course, not every single thing will be able to be accommodated in certain situations, but it should at least be thought of and attempted to be accommodated…especially when it comes to freshwater. The international demand for freshwater means water wars, and places that are already experiencing droughts and a scarcity of freshwater and now literally being robbed of everything they have. Therefore “it is important to understand…the role of international trade in driving pressures on freshwater resources is key to meeting these challenges”.
University of Southampton. (2015, November 16). Global energy demand has adverse effects on freshwater resources of less developed regions. Phys Org. Retrieved from http://phys.org/news/2015-11-global-energy-demand-adverse-effects.html