[-] August 20 is Earth Overshoot Day 2013
[-] We’ve used up all the resources the Earth can provide for the year and are now in ‘overdraft’, campaigners warn
We have also outstripped the planet’s annual capacity to absorb waste products including carbon dioxide, the Global Footprint Network says
By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 23:03 GMT, 19 August 2013 | UPDATED: 23:03 GMT, 19 August 2013
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Earth overshoot day is calculated by comparing the demands made by humans on global resources – our ‘ecological footprint’ – with the planet’s ability to replenish resources and absorb waste.
This year, in less than nine months we have used as much of nature as the Earth can regenerate in a year. Earth overshoot day has fallen a couple of days earlier than it did last year.
Humans now need the equivalent of 1.5 planets to sustain us, and by mid century it will have risen to two planets, the campaigners said.
China has the biggest total ecological footprint, because of its large population, but other countries have much higher demands on resources per person. If everyone were to live like U.S. residents we would need four planets to supply demand, the report said.
‘The maths is simple – the UK consumes and produces waste at a rate three and a half times greater than we can sustain, and today humanity has already exhausted what the planet’s ecosystems can provide in a year.
‘We’re in the red and gambling with ecological bankruptcy, as the fracking debate shows. If it chose to, the Government can always print more money, but it can’t print more planet. Ecological overshoot should lead the political agenda.’
August 20 is Earth Overshoot Day 2013, marking the date when humanity exhausted nature’s budget for the year. We are now operating in overdraft. For the rest of the year, we will maintain our ecological deficit by drawing down local resource stocks and accumulating carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
…well folks simply, at the current World usage of resources and waste produced, we need 1+1/2 more PLANETS…!
…do you think hydroponic farms will do it…? I wonder where will synthetic fertilizers come from after CRUDE OIL…?
…do you think technology will solve the Planets woes…??? I find it hard to be of good faith…!!! IN EVOLUTION, A SPECIES EXTINGUISHES “NORMALLY” BY LOSS OF SUBSTRATE, OVER-POPULATION, OR OTHER…!