Monday, October 05, 2009

Depletion of Natural Resources

Natural resources include stocks of fossil fuels, minerals, clean water, biological matter and land. In the 1970s, there was much concern over the depletion of minerals, land and fossi! fuels in the face of increased population growth.

In the 1990s the issue is much more clearly one of distribution. There are sufficient food and mineral reserves for every person but these are concentrated in certain areas or available to only a minority within a given country.

It has been suggested that wars in the future will be fought over access to water supplies, much as wars have occurred in the last decades over access to reserves of fossil fuels.

Desertification is also a major problem. The Sahara is spreading rapidly towards Southern Spain, for example.

Migrations of people in search of access to natural resources are also likely to increase and many countries are now strengthening their internal legislation against immigration in preparation for the expected rise in refugees.

The term Eco-capital is used to describe the amount of natural resources available and we will see later that the concept of sustainable development is closely linked with how countries spend their eco-capital. I think it is the time to think on this issue. Isn't it?

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