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Earth Overshoot: Running on Empty

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According to data from the Global Footprint Network, August 13, 2015 was officially “Earth Overshoot Day.” We have now used nature’s entire budget for the year. Global Footprint Monitor tracks humanity’s demand on natural resources against nature’s ability to accommodate that demand – also known as biocapacity.

Carbon sequestration, natural carbon sinks for increasing carbon emissions, accounts for more than half of the demand on nature.

“Humanity’s carbon footprint alone more than doubled since the early 1970s, which is when the world went into ecological overshoot. It remains the fastest growing component of the widening gap between the Ecological Footprint and the planet’s biocapacity,” said Mathis Wackernagel, president of Global Footprint Network and the co-creator of the Ecological Footprint resource accounting metric. “The global agreement to phase out fossil fuels that is being discussed around the world ahead of the Climate Summit in Paris would significantly help curb the Ecological Footprint’s consistent growth and eventually shrink the Footprint.”

In 2000, Earth Overshoot day occurred in early October. Under a “business-as-usual” scenario, by 2030 we will overshoot Earth’s biocapacity on June 28. Currently it takes 1.6 Earth’s to meet the demands humanity places upon it. We only have one.

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53 Comments on "Earth Overshoot: Running on Empty"

  1. Apneaman on Thu, 20th Aug 2015 6:25 pm 

    Global warming is Boaring.

    Warming sends wild boar numbers soaring

    “LONDON, 20 August, 2015 – Wild boar populations in Europe are getting out of control – and scientists are blaming climate change.

    There are now millions of wild boar spreading out from their preferred woodland habitat, moving into city suburbs, and even crossing national boundaries to countries that had thought they were extinct.”

  2. Apneaman on Fri, 21st Aug 2015 7:12 pm 

    Police battle migrants on Macedonia’s border with Greece

  3. trilli on Sat, 22nd Aug 2015 8:28 pm 


    first of all I have to say thank you for this website.. finally some decent human beings seeing things as they are and trying to take action.. shows me the inet aint full of pricks..

    @davy, love your stuff man, you just keep on writing, motivating others to act and to stay positive, s just cool bro..

    I´m new here but I ve been reading and thinking a lot about this whole collapse thing for some months now.. I know how to grow food and stuff but it always seems it aint enough and there is still so much left to do, you know..

    What are your priorities in prepping? I mean I know you´re not going to give me your masterplans or something.. but maybe you got some sparks for my brain.. probably..

    @apneaman, good thoughts man, much love.. you mentioned this article about estimated 650.000 refugees in Germany.. since I live here I have to raise that one to officially stated 800.000.. so we acutually talking about a million maybe.. and there are already a lot of racist attacks especially in the eastern part of the country.. cops got hurt too.. this a rich country and we have the duty to help them, thats for sure.. but I got a bad feeling it´s just the beginning.. I mean we already have estimated 60 million refugees on earth.. I mean what is going to happen when crisis starts to unfold in southern and southeastern Asia..

    All this is just spectaculary threatening..

    Try n stay positive


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