Report: We’ve Already Used Up Our Share of Natural Resources for 2015

posted: 08/13/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
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Less than eight months into 2015, humanity has exhausted its yearly allotment of natural resources. A report from the Global Footprint Network named August 13 as Earth Overshoot Day, the annual marker of human overconsumption.

The report compares humankind's resource consumption with the planet's ability to produce natural resources, two measurements that have become increasingly out of sync in recent years. Since the turn of the century, Earth Overshoot Day has moved up from October to August.

According to the Global Footprint Network, the upcoming United Nations Conference of Parties in Paris will be integral in deciding the future of our planet. If the world community agrees to cut carbon emissions by 30% over the next 15 years, Overshoot Day would be pushed back a whole month. Without such action, Overshoot Day would move up to June by 2030.

"Going forward, we cannot stress enough the vital importance of reducing the carbon footprint, as nations are slated to commit to in Paris. It is not just good for the world, but increasingly becoming an economic necessity for each nation," remarked Global Footprint Network president Mathis Wackernagel in a news release.

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