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World goes into ‘ecological debt’

October 2, 2011

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The world has gone into “ecological debt”, having used up more resources and produced more waste this year than the planet can cope with, campaigners have warned.

Humans have exhausted nature’s supplies such as land, trees and fish for the year and its capacity to absorb waste products including carbon dioxide, and are now “eating into savings”, the Global Footprint Network said.

As a result natural resources are shrinking and carbon dioxide is accumulating.

Global Footprint Network president Dr Mathis Wackernagel said the pressure humans are putting on the planet’s resources is “like spending your annual salary three months before the year is over, and eating into savings year after year”.

“Pretty soon you run out of savings,” he warned.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 3, 2011 8:13 am

    A Computer is the continuation of development of men — intelligent but no morality.
    It belongs to the miracle scene, that articles like ‘ecological dept’ get full attention in spreading their contents. Instead those suggestions, which shall end the misery.

  2. October 3, 2011 8:12 am

    Not only ‘ecological depts’ are developing forward. There are a lot of serious suggestions to cope with them. Or even to make the best out of it. Not only the better. Detaails on request.

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