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Old 2nd August 2017, 09:02 PM
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Default And We're Into Resource Deficit For The Year...

Earth Overshoot Day: From today, we're using an unsustainable amount of Earth's resources

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Today marks Earth Overshoot Day - the day by which the human race will have used more of Earth's natural resources than the planet can renew in the whole year.

Put simply, we use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate and this puts the Earth on an unsustainable trajectory, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Through overfishing, overharvesting forests, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester, humans are demanding more from the earth than it can produce.

Every natural resource that we use from this day - 2 August - onwards this year is in effect unsustainable in the long term. Over the course of a year we use 170 per cent of the world's natural output.

Earth Overshoot Day comes far earlier in the year than it did a decade ago when we used just 144 per cent of the Earth's biocapacity. However, this is still double the 78 per cent that was used in 1963.
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