Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Congrats! We've used Earth's quota for 2018

HIGHLIGHTS
Currently we are using the equivalent of 1.7 Earths (and 2 Earths by 2030)
If India continues its current rate of consumption, we will need resources of 2.5 countries to meet our demands
NEW DELHI: Today is Earth Overshoot Day -- the date when we (all of humanity) have used more resources from nature than our planet can regenerate in the entire year.
Alarmingly, we have used a year's worth of resources in just seven months!
Currently we are using the equivalent of 1.7 Earths (and 2 Earths by 2030) -- thanks to overfishing, overharvesting forests, and emitting more CO2 into the atmosphere (60% of humanity's ecological footprint) than ecosystems can absorb.
Global Footprint Network (GFN), an international research organisation, says that in 1997 the Earth Overshoot Day fell in late September. But now it has moved up to August 1.
That's proof enough of the unprecedented amount of pressure people are exerting on nature for its resources.
Finally, if India continues its current rate of consumption, we will need resources of 2.5 countries to meet our demands.

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