Thursday, November 26, 2009

HUMANS WOULD NEED FIVE EARTHS IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE AMERICANS

Independent, UK - Humanity would need five Earths to produce the resources needed if everyone lived as profligately as Americans, according to a report.

As it is, humanity each year uses resources equivalent to nearly one-and-a-half Earths to meet its needs, said the report by Global Footprint Network, an international think tank.

"We are demanding nature's services - using resources and creating CO2 emissions - at a rate 44 percent faster than what nature can regenerate and reabsorb," the document said.

"That means it takes the Earth just under 18 months to produce the ecological services humanity needs in one year," it said. . .

Today, 80 percent of countries use more biocapacity than is available within their borders. They import resources from abroad, deplete their own stocks and fill "waste sinks," such as the atmosphere and ocean, with carbon dioxide.