Motherboard] As of yesterday, we’ve officially overspent nature’s resource budget, according to the Global Footprint Network, an international climate research organization. Metaphorically speaking, if Earth were a bank, we’d be in over our heads with overdraft fees.
This year, “Earth Overshoot Day” fell on August 8, based on measurements of each nation’s withdrawal
of natural capital. From carbon sinks to fisheries, humanity has taken
more from nature than it’s been able to reproduce. Quite simply, we’re
in environmental debt.
Since the 1970s, our global “ecological footprint,”
or impact on Earth’s ability to generate renewable resources, has
widened. Without fail, the Global Footprint Network says, Earth
Overshoot Day has fallen earlier every year—between one to three days,
on average, over the last four decades. Last year, it coincided with
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