10 Signs We’re Heading Toward World War III

10. Russia’s Presence in Syria

At the time of this article’s writing, the Syrian skies are crowded with Russian fighter jets. It’s estimated that Russia has carried out at least 55 airstrikes over various ISIS camps.
10. Russia’s Presence in Syria

9. Water Scarcity

The water cycle on our planet is a closed system, meaning we always have the same amount of water. A closed system can sustain all species on the planet for billions of years, unless we contaminate the water. Guess what we’re doing.
9. Water Scarcity

8. Middle Eastern Terrorism

Since 9/11, the United States has had its eyes (and several thousand pairs of its military boots) on Middle Eastern countries, waiting to see if the terrorists would follow it up. They haven’t thus far, at least not on the same scale. But with the slew of threats from various terrorist organizations crossing the ocean regularly, it seems as though an attack can happen at any given moment.
8. Middle Eastern Terrorism

7. Food Scarcity

In the West, we view food scarcity as a distant threat, decades away, during which time we can surely figure out a solution. But food scarcity is already a reality for a staggering portion of the global population. According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 842 million people in the world are currently undernourished.
7. Food Scarcity

6. European Debt Crisis

The European debt crisis has been a haunting reality for Europe since 2009. Unemployment rates in Greece and Spain reached a staggering 27% in 2013. That same year, The Telegraph’s Daniel Knowles wrote, “Tensions between European countries unseen in decades are emerging.” Aside from the risk of conflict between economically struggling countries, there’s a much more immediate threat. If such high unemployment rates are not properly quelled — if citizens’ only means of staying alive is through looting, then the societal structure of entire cities may crumble.
6. European Debt Crisis

5. Environmental Disasters

If you flew over California ten years ago, and boarded the same flight today, you would be seeing two vastly different landscapes. A 3-year drought has effectively dried out a staggering amount of the state’s water supply. Should the drought persist, it will reduce the food output and turn the citizens of California into climate refugees.
5. Environmental Disasters

4. North Korea is North Korea

North Korea’s antics both in and out of its borders are certainly bizarre, but a country so serious about nuclearization should by no means be taken lightly. Aside from the three nuclear tests they’ve conducted since 2006, North Korea is said to be developing a mobile ballistic missile that could potentially cross the ocean and strike the U.S.
4. North Korea is North Korea

3. Israel and Iran

Israel has been in a cosmically awkward position in the Middle East for millennia. These days, Iran is their greatest threat. According to former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, “Iran has a stated policy that their objective is the destruction of Israel.” This is no secret — the commander of Iran’s Basij forces echoes the same sentiment nearly verbatim.
3. Israel and Iran

2. Mass Protests

The great Egyptian revolution of 2011 has proven to the world that directing a collective intention toward a singular goal can produce actual results. Since then, mass protests have sprouted practically everywhere, from China, to the United States — even Iceland. It would seem as though the masses of the world have learned that they are separate from their governments.
2. Mass Protests

1. U.S. — China Relations

The complexities of the political relationship between the United States and China won’t be prodded with a rake here. Suffice it to say that their relationship is complicated, but not complicated enough for multiple publications (The Telegraph, International Business Times, Express) to claim that a war between the two is inevitable.
1. U.S. — China Relations