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Earth ‘Overshoot Day’: human consumption exceeds what planet can produce in a year

Mankind marks a dubious milestone Thursday, the day by which humanity has consumed all earth can sustainably produce for this year, with NGOS warning the rest of 2022 will be lived in resource deficit.

The date – dubbed “Earth Overshoot Day” – marks a tipping point when people have used up “all that ecosystems can regenerate in one year”, according to the Global Footprint Network and WWF.

“From January 1 to July 28, humanity has used as much from nature as the planet can renew in the entire year. That’s why July 28 is Earth Overshoot Day,” said Mathis Wackernagel, president of the Global Footprint Network.

He added: “The Earth has a lot of stock, so we can deplete Earth for some time but we cannot overuse it forever. It’s like with money; we can spend more than we earn for some time until we’re broke.”

It would take 1.75 Earths to provide for the world’s population in a sustainable way, according to the measure, which was created by researchers in the early 1990s.

Global Footprint Network said Earth Overshoot Day has fallen ever sooner over the last 50 years. In 2020, the date moved back three weeks due to the Covid-19 pandemic, before returning to pre-pandemic levels.

Earth Overshoot Day

The burden is not evenly spread. If everyone lived like an American, the date would have fallen even earlier, on March 13, Wackernagel said.

The two NGOs point the finger at the food production system and its “considerable” ecological footprint. “In total, more than half of the planet’s biocapacity (55 per cent) is used to feed humanity,” the two NGOs said.

“A large part of the food and raw materials are used to feed animals and animals that are consumed afterwards”, said Pierre Cannet of WWF France. In the EU, “63 per cent of arable land … is directly associated with animal production”, he said.

“Agriculture contributes to deforestation, climate change by emitting greenhouse gases, loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems, while using a significant share of fresh water,” the NGOs said.

Based on scientific advice, they advocate reducing meat consumption in rich countries.

“If we could cut meat consumption by half, we could move the date of the overshoot by 17 days,” said Laetitia Mailhes of the Global Footprint Network. “Limiting food waste would push the date back by 13 days, that’s not insignificant,” she added, while one-third of the world’s food is wasted.


11 Comments on "Earth ‘Overshoot Day’: human consumption exceeds what planet can produce in a year"

  1. FamousDrScanlon on Sat, 30th Jul 2022 12:18 pm 

    Human Cancer Day

    ‘Soon it will be unrecognisable’: total climate meltdown cannot be stopped, says expert

    Record high temperatures and extreme weather events are being recorded around the world. Photograph: Ian Logan/Getty Images

    Blistering heatwaves are just the start. We must accept how bad things are before can we head off global catastrophe, according to a leading UK scientist

    “And this is just the beginning, insists McGuire, who is emeritus professor of geophysical and climate hazards at University College London.”

    “The crucial point, he argues, is that there is now no chance of us avoiding a perilous, all-pervasive climate breakdown.”

    “A rapid drive to net zero and the halting of global warming is still within our grasp, they say.

    Such claims are dismissed by McGuire. “I know a lot of people working in climate science who say one thing in public but a very different thing in private. In confidence, they are all much more scared about the future we face, but they won’t admit that in public.”

    I can’t wait to see all the stupid monkeys and their retard monkey plans go up in smoke and/or get washed away.

    All the bickering over trans people and abortions and pronouns and all that other meaningless shit politicos can’t shut up about will soon mean nothing when catastrophic runaway climate change, combined with the other Overshoot predicaments, rubs the humans out of existence. First it’ll finish busting up the human infrastructure.

  2. FamousDrScanlon on Sat, 30th Jul 2022 2:43 pm 

    Big Oil CANCER Sees Record Profits As The World Burns

    Chevron, Exxon and Shell have already brought in over $70 billion in profits in 2022.

    Big oil just posted record profits again.

    Chevron, Exxon and Shell, the three largest western oil companies, posted a total combined profit of $46.22 billion during the second quarter of this year. This marks another huge quarter for big oil on the heels of a colossal Q1.

    Between April and June, Chevron brought in $11.62 billion in profit, up 247% from Q2 of last year. Exxon reaped $17.9 billion in profit, a 273% increase from this time last year. Shell netted $16.7 billion, which was 107% more than Q2 2021.

    The first quarter of this year was similarly profitable for the big three. Chevron’s profits of $6.5 billion were a 282% increase from Q1 2021. Exxon saw a 225% increase, raking in $8.8 billion. And Shell saw a 184% increase, taking $9.1 billion in Q1.

    Share holder dopamine is squirting like crazy.
    Mine will be squirting watching them & their offspring burn & drown.

  3. FamousDrScanlon on Sat, 30th Jul 2022 2:54 pm 

    Looks like degenerate gamblers (Trump’s customers) might lose their paradise.

    Las Vegas, NM declares emergency, with less than 50 days of clean water supply left

    Wildfires earlier this year contaminated the city’s only water supply.

    The climate change Jacked drought and the climate change Jacked wildfires have conspired to steal Vegas H2O..

    But then a miracle from heaven was sent…

    Videos show water pouring into Las Vegas casinos as flash flooding follows a rare, heavy thunderstorm in one of the US’s driest cities

    Shocking videos circulated on social media, showing water pouring through the roofs of a casino and cars struggling through floodwaters near a downtown landmark.

    Take it as a sign from Jesus that he approves of you gambling away the money for your kids food & school supplies.

  4. makati1 on Sat, 30th Jul 2022 4:34 pm 

    Interesting that we are still here if the earth cannot produce enough necessities for all of us.

    Yes, it may be running low on luxuries, but not necessities.

    Although this source is from Hong Kong, That does not make it reality. The West still has its claws in HK and it may be an American NGO sponsored site. We shall see.

    Meanwhile, I do not plan to change my diet to suit some arrogant fools.

  5. FamousDrScanlon on Tue, 2nd Aug 2022 12:44 pm 

    The Case for Not Being Born

    The anti-natalist philosopher David Benatar argues that it would be better if no one had children ever again.

    “In Benatar’s view, reproducing is intrinsically cruel and irresponsible—not just because a horrible fate can befall anyone, but because life itself is “permeated by badness.” In part for this reason, he thinks that the world would be a better place if sentient life disappeared altogether.

    For a work of academic philosophy, “Better Never to Have Been” has found an unusually wide audience. It has 3.9 stars on GoodReads, where one reviewer calls it “required reading for folks who believe that procreation is justified.”

    Stupid puny humans and their stupid babies.

    There is a min 2.5 degrees Celsius baked in and we add to that every day. Long before we get there babies will be cooking to death in their stupid mothers womb during mega heat waves. Only an ignorant or a sadist would bring a child into this world.

  6. FamousDrScanlon on Tue, 2nd Aug 2022 12:49 pm 

    Study: We Are Emitting Carbon Dioxide 200 Times Faster Than Super-eruptions That Caused Mass Extinctions

    “Mass extinctions resulting from supervolcanic activity were found to be due chiefly to enormous, rapid emissions of carbon dioxide, as opposed to the gentle, glacially slow natural carbon cycle; and opposed to other phenomena related with super-eruptions. Sudden, massive release of CO2 and other greenhouse gases seem to have pushed the global environment beyond a tipping point, acidifying the oceans and lifting temperatures to deadly levels.”

    “Mass extinction” technically means that at least 75 percent of all species die within a short time, geologically speaking: within a couple to a few million years.”

    Speed kills

  7. FamousDrScanlon on Tue, 2nd Aug 2022 12:55 pm 

    Based on analysis from NOAA’s Global Monitoring Lab, global average atmospheric carbon dioxide was 414.72 parts per million (“ppm” for short) in 2021, setting a new record high despite the continued economic drag from the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the jump of 2.58 ppm over 2021 amounts tied for 5th-highest annual increase in NOAA’s 63-year record.

  8. FamousDrScanlon on Tue, 2nd Aug 2022 1:11 pm 

    Why the Arctic Is Warming 4 Times as Fast as the Rest of Earth

    The loss of sea ice is exposing darker waters, which absorb more of the sun’s energy. It’s a devastating feedback loop with major consequences for the planet.

  9. FamousDrScanlon on Tue, 2nd Aug 2022 1:13 pm 

    World’s glaciers are melting faster than expected, with visible consequences

    ” The extreme temperatures Europe has experienced in recent weeks have resulted in an increase in the rate of snowpack melt in the Alpine glaciers. As in many other parts of the world, the consequences are increasingly visible in the Alps, where the glaciers are particularly vulnerable due to their smaller size and thinness.

    The Earth is getting warmer, and its ice is melting. For years, images of polar bears grappling with their shrinking homes have been warning us about the melting of the ice caps. Rising sea levels, shifting borders, avalanches, floods – the consequences are clearly visible and there is no need to go all the way to Antarctica to see them.

    In Pakistan, at the gateway to the Himalayas or in Alaska, signs that the melting of ice is accelerating are everywhere, while climate disasters are becoming more frequent.

    In Europe, extreme temperatures have led to a faster and earlier melting of snow cover in the Alpine glaciers, at a rate unprecedented since monitoring began 60 years ago, according to data consulted by Reuters.”

  10. makati1 on Tue, 2nd Aug 2022 5:13 pm 

    It’s called “Climate Change” and has been happening for billions of years. We happen to live in a time between ice ages. The climate is now changing again. Only humans believe they can stop it. Pure arrogance.

    Enjoy life. It is the only one you get.

  11. makati1 on Tue, 2nd Aug 2022 5:22 pm 

    BTW: If all the ice on the planet melts, the oceans will rise about 200feet. Better hope it is not a fast rise. LOL

    I did research for a book I wrote and learned a lot about our home planet. The amount of water frozen, the huge number of volcanoes, the variability of the Gulf Stream, etc. Not all good.For instance, if the Gulf Stream drops south, Europe becomes northern Russia and freezes year round.

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