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Issue 30, October 3, 2012 

Letter from the Editor: Keeping Our Wells Recharged
What Do Ecological Deficits Mean for the Nations of the Mediterranean?
Ecological Footprint in Ecuador, Continued Collaborations
Earth Overshoot Day was August 22, and Yes, We’re Still in Overshoot
Research and Standards Update
Footprint Briefs
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Our mission is to promote a sustainable economy by advancing the Ecological Footprint, a measurement tool that makes the reality of planetary limits relevant to decision-makers.

Footprint Briefs

A round-up of other Footprint and sustainability news from across the globe.

  • Walkable Footprint? » In Austria’s Gesäuse National Park, visitors are now able to immerse themselves in the world’s first walkable Ecological Footprint.
  • The Footprint of tourism in the Canary Islands » A study published in the Bulletin of the Association of Spanish Geographers highlights the unsustainable environmental demand put on the islands. If everyone on Earth consumed with the intensity of the Canaries, almost four Earths would be required.

  • Interactive online tool with various indicators, including the Ecological Footprint » To enable better information-sharing among countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and Guangxi and Yunnan provinces in China), the Environmental Operations Center (part of the Asian Development Bank) developed an interactive online portal where a wide variety of data can be accessed. Dozens of indicators can be graphed, including carbon emissions, forest cover, population, GDP, and energy consumption. The Ecological Footprint calculations filled a significant gap in the region because there is very little environment-related information available for all the countries. See the Ecological Footprint data.
  • Our Water Footprint is growing » Agriculture is depleting fossil water in the world’s breadbaskets, as reported in Scientific American.
  • Research Scientist and Science Coordinator Kyle Gracey brings the Ecological Footprint to kids and giant retailers alike » Kyle gave the keynote speech at the 2012 Solar Science Summer Academy in Concord, CA. He also published an article for the latest newsletter of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), a trade group representing over 200 large retailers, including nine of the top ten U.S. retailers. Kyle discussed Global Footprint Network’s partnership with General Property Trust Group (GPT) in Australia and the development of a retail space Footprint calculator to help measure and reduce resource consumption. Read more about our partnership with GPT.

  • The Big Green Bus makes a pit-stop at Global Footprint Network » On day 46 of its cross-country road-trip to generate enthusiasm about environmental action, the 11 Dartmouth students aboard the veggie-fuel powered bus visited Global Footprint Network’s Oakland office. Read their post here.
  • How much is left? » The BBC published an elegant chart showing how much of various resource stocks remains and the timeline for their depletion. Ranging from fossil fuels to the minerals that are used to produce everything from fertilizer and mobile phones to drugs and batteries, it is a reality check about our collective demand for resources.
  • One Planet Olympics? » The 2012 London Olympics set a new sustainability standard for future Summer Games, according to a report by Global Footprint Network partners BioRegional and WWF-UK. Noting areas where significant improvements can be made, the study’s authors concluded that this year’s Games also raised the bar for sustainability.
  • Where you should follow us » Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, and of course our Footprints Blog.

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