09 Aug '11, 2pm

Turns out Nature, like Wall Street, is also bankrupt:

Turns out Nature, like Wall Street, is also bankrupt:

If you thought it was just your pension fund that was in the toilet, you'd best break out the plunger, 'cause you've got an entire planet that will shortly be following it down the loo. Check out this infographic: Those three red wedges that are spilling past the boundaries of Earth's capacities (in green) represent climate change, biodiversity loss and the nitrogen cycle. As you can see, ocean acidification and the phosphorous cycle aren't doing too well, either. This image, from a report on the nine "planetary boundaries" that we shouldn't exceed if we want to have a sustainable future, tells us that it's not just our fiat money accounts that are overdrawn. In fact, natural boundaries are more important than fiscal ones, since there's no such thing as defaulting on this debt.

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-08-09-turns-out-nature-lik...

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