Overshoot Day: August 20th, 2013


I know, I know, I missed posting this yesterday on the 20th, instead of today, the 21st. But the concept still applies, and it’s a horrbily frightening concept as well.

We have already used up the natural resources that the Earth can produce this year.
How terrible.

So many people don’t believe in the affect that we, as humans, have on this beautiful planet. Yes, many of our natural resources are “renewable”. Those resources however “renew” themselves at a MUCH slower rate than we have been consuming them. That right there is the underlining issue.

Living too Large on a Finite Planet.
“Our human population continues to grow. We are consuming more and more resources. And we still have only one planet.”

Climate Change Report
“It’s “extremely likely” that humans caused “more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010,” the Times quoted from the draft report.  The IPCC outlines several sea level rise scenarios for the end of the century, based on efforts to limit emissions in the coming decades. The most optimistic emissions reductions could bring only a 10-inch rise, explains the Times, on top of the eight inches seen in the last century. If emissions continue at a runaway pace, sea levels could rise “at least 21 inches by 2100 and might rise a bit more than three feet.”

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