Living Planet Report

Every two years, Global Footprint Network, WWF and the Zoological Society of London publish the Living Planet Report, the world's leading, science-based analysis on the health of our planet and the impact of human activity. The Living Planet Report uses the Ecological Footprint and additional complementary measures to explore the changing state of global biodiversity and human consumption. The report documents the extent of human pressure on the planet, how that compares across nations, and how it is impacting the natural world.

View the Living Planet Report 2014 Press Release

View the Living Planet Report 2014 Ecological Footprint Factsheet

Humanity’s Demand on Nature Climbs as Biodiversity Suffers Major Decline

Click to view full reportThe Living Planet Report 2014, released September 30, 2014, shows that humanity’s demand on the planet is more than 50 percent larger than what nature can renew, jeopardizing the well-being of humans as well as populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. 

Humanity's Ecological Footprint has more than doubled since 1961, according to the Living Planet Report. At the same time, vertebrate wildlife populations have declined, on average, by more than half in just four decades, as measured by the Living Planet Index.

It would take 1.5 Earths to produce the resources necessary to support humanity’s current Ecological Footprint. This global overshoot means, for example, that we are cutting timber more quickly than trees regrow and releasing CO2 faster than nature can sequester it. 

Growth in the Ecological Footprint is largely attributable to the carbon Footprint, which has increased to comprise 53 percent of our Footprint in 2010 from 36 percent in 1961. Carbon emissions (in particular) and food demand are the major drivers of the escalating Footprint. In addition, from 1961 to 2010, the global human population increased from 3.1 billion to 6.9 billion, and the per capita Ecological Footprint increased from 2.5 to 2.6 global hectares.

Living Planet Report Partners

WWF
WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

Zoological Society of London 
Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation, and educational organization. Its mission is to achieve and promote the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.

Download or view the Living Planet Report 2014:

English – Full Report (25 MB)
English – Full Report – Dynamic View
English – Summary (12 MB)
Italian – Summary 
Spanish – Summary 
Russian – Summary 
Chinese – Summary 

Download or view past Living Planet Reports:

                                       
The Ecological Footprint for Sustainable Living in Japan
Click here for dynamic view | HI Res (17 MB)
 
   
Ecological Footprint of the Subjects of the Russian Federation 2014
Full Report Russian (56 MB)  | Full Report English (12 MB)
 
   
Ecological Footprint and Sustainable Consumption in China 2014
Click here for dynamic view  | English (2 MB)  | Chinese (2 MB)
 
   
Living Planet Report 2012
Click here for dynamic view | English (16.22 MB)
 
   
Africa Ecological Footprint Report
Click here for dynamic view | English (7.6 MB)
 
   
Asia Pacific Ecological Footprint 
Click here for dynamic view | English (4.8 MB)
 
   
Ecological Footprint and Sustainable Consumption in China 2014 
Click here for dynamic view | English (2 MB) | Chinese (2 MB)
 
   
China Ecological Footprint Report 2012 
Click here for dynamic view | English (13 MB) | Chinese (13 MB)
 
   
Living Planet Report 2010 
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Living Planet Report 2008 
Click here for dynamic view | English (4.6 MB)
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Canadian Living Planet Report 2007
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Europe 2007: Gross Domestic Product and Ecological Footprint 
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Living Planet Report 2006 
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Europe 2005: The Ecological Footprint 
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Living Planet Report 2004 
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Living Planet Report 2002 
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​​Living Planet Report 2000 
Click here for dynamic view | English (1.7 MB)