27 Sep '11, 10pm

Well, this is depressing. It's Earth Overshoot Day — we've used up all the natural resources for the year

Well, this is depressing. It's Earth Overshoot Day — we've used up all the natural resources for the year

Last year's Earth Overshoot Day was a few weeks earlier than this year's, but that's due to revised calculation methods rather than to any environmental gains on the part of humanity, according to the GFN. The organization calculates Overshoot Day by estimating the world's biocapacity — including factors like the regrowth of forests and regeneration of fisheries — and comparing it with humanity's ecological footprint, the amount of land and sea it takes to produce everything we consume and dispose of all the waste. The concept of Earth Overshoot Day was originally devised by the U.K.-based New Economics Foundation.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/sto...

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