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August 21st was Earth Overshoot Day

Posted by Lindy on August 24, 2010

August 21st was the day we had used up all our ecological resource. The world’s economies are ecological debtors, demanding more of Earth’s ecosystems than the planet can deliver. This is possible only by dipping into the planet’s natural capital: for example, by pumping groundwater faster than it is recharged, cutting forests faster than they regenerate, and loading the atmosphere with greenhouse gases faster than they can be safely absorbed. As the graph shows, this happens earlier and earlier in year.

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