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Experts warn humanity consumes year's worth of resources in 212 days

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Humans are gobbling up Earth's resources at record-breaking rates, worrying new estimates show. The so-called Earth Overshoot Day, first conceived back in 2006, marks the point at which our demand surpasses the resources Earth is able to regenerate in a given year. Due to over-fishing, over-harvesting, and excessive emissions, researchers say we're using up a year's worth of resources in just 212 days – or, demanding the resource equivalent of 1.7 Earths. The so-called Earth Overshoot Day, first conceived back in 2006, marks the point at which our demand surpasses the resources Earth is able to regenerate in a given year. According to the team behind the effort to push back the Earth Overshoot Day, that point falls on August 1st this year.


Humans will have used a whole year's worth of natural resources by tomorrow

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Humans will have used a year's worth of natural resources in 2020 by tomorrow, August 22 – a calendar event known as Earth Overshoot Day. The annual date marks the point at which humanity has used all the biological resources that the Earth can regenerate during that year. Due to the lockdowns imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the resulting cuts in human activity, Earth Overshoot Day is 23 days later this year than it was in 2019. But experts are warning that much more action is needed to reduce our ecological footprint and ensure we avoid'the direst predictions' for humanity. Humans currently use 60 per cent more biological resources than can be renewed – as much as if we lived on 1.6 planets – and is on track to require the resources of two planets before 2050.


Earth Overshoot Day: Nature's Budget For The Year Already Used, Study Says

International Business Times

It's only eight months into 2017 and we've already used up all the ecological resources for the year, reminding us of the enormous toll we take on our planet. Earth Overshoot Day is on Aug. 2 this year, according to environmental groups World Wildlife Fund and the Global Footprint Network. Earth Overshoot Day, previously known as Ecological Debt Day is the calculated calendar date on which humanity's resource consumption for the year exceeds Earth's capacity to regenerate those resources that year, meaning humanity will survive on "credit" until Dec. 31, 2017. Read: Sun's Corona Temperature, Solar Magnetic Activity Could Be Linked The concept was first developed by Andrew Simms of UK's New Economics Foundation. Global Footprint Network, a partner organization of the New Economics Foundation, launches a campaign every year for Earth Overshoot Day to raise awareness of Earth's limited resources.


Humans burn through the Earth's natural resources for 2020

#artificialintelligence

It's called "Overshoot Day", the moment each year when we humans have used up more natural resources that the Earth can renew in 12 months. And this year that day came on Saturday, August 22nd. Put another way, it would take 1.6 Earths this year to meet the needs of the world's population in a sustainable way. The calculations were made by American NGO Global Footprint Network -- since 2003 it's been raising the alarm on the ever faster consumption of an expanding human population on a limited planet. On the one hand there is our ecological footprint, which includes the spewing out of greenhouse gases -- then there is the capacity of the earth's ecosystems to absorb our waste products and renew ones we have consumed, such as wood from cut down trees in forests.


Earth Overshoot Day came early this year. That's a bad thing.

Popular Science

Unlike most holidays, like Christmas, which you want to come early, you want Earth Overshoot Day to be as late in the year as possible. In the 1960s, our consumption was almost perfectly synched to the Earth's resources, with humanity consuming one year's worth of Earth's resources in one year. But by 1971, that number slid backward, and has been sliding ever since. This year, 2018, saw the earliest Earth Overshoot Day yet: one Earth's worth of resources gobbled up by Aug. 1. (Last year, it happened on Aug. 2.) This doesn't mean that we've run out of clean water or timber today, and will have to live on scraps until New Year; it's that by exceeding the Earth's resources in August, we're bankrupting our future by consuming materials that are better off preserved for days to come. But how exactly is the overshoot date calculated?