New York, NY, October 02, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- Professor Roger Falconer predicts that a rising world population, growing demand for water and the impact of climate change will make water scarcer in future.
This could push up food prices, affect economic growth and even spark conflicts, posing a “serious threat to the UK.”
Water is one of the most undervalued natural resources in the world but it affects national security through its impact on economic growth, food supply and healthcare, the researchers said.
Direct water consumption in the UK is about 145 litres per person per day, but the report raises concerns that we rely on too much “virtual water” embodied in the food, clothes and goods we import.
According to the research, one kilogram of beef requires 15,500 litres of water to produce, more than ten times that required to grow the same amount of wheat.
A typical cotton T-shirt bought in Britain requires 2,700 litres of water to produce, much of which will have been used in growing the cotton, often in water-stressed areas such as central Asia, Australia, India, Malaysia, USA and Thailand.
When “virtual water” is taken into account, the average daily water footprint of people in the UK is 4,643 litres per person, of which about 3,000 litres is imported, according to environmental charity WWF.
One of the engineers involved in the study, said the reliance on “virtual water” could have a “disastrous” affect on the UK and called for more to be done to raise awareness about conserving water.
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