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China Is the World's Largest Contributor to Annual Growth in Natural Resource Demand
China is the world's largest contributor to annual growth in the demand for ecological resources and services, and has been for the last five years for which data is available, according to Global Footprint Network, a leading expert in natural resource accounting.
Global Footprint Network, Oakland, CA, March 17, 2015
Russia is the Most Populous Nation With Increasing Renewable Natural Resource Reserves, According to New Footprint Report
Russia ranks fourth in the world among nations with the most biocapacity and is uniquely positioned as the only nation with increasing biocapacity reserves, according to a report released Oct. 13 by WWF-Russia in Moscow. Press Release in Russian
WWF-Russia, Global Footprint Network, Oakland, CA, October 16, 2014
Science Article Shows More Investment Needed to Reach 2020 Biodiversity Targets
A new study published in Science today and co-authored by Global Footprint Network’s researchers reveals that, despite some progress, more needs to be done to reach an internationally agreed set of biodiversity targets by 2020.
Science, Oakland, CA, October 02, 2014
Living Planet Report 2014 Release
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, according to data released today by Global Footprint Network, WWF and the Zoological Society of London.
Global Footprint Network, Oakland, CA, September 29, 2014
Aug. 19 was Earth Overshoot Day 2014
It has taken less than eight months for humanity to use up nature's entire budget of the year and go into ecological overshoot.
Global Footprint Network, Oakland, CA, August 22, 2014
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Ecological Footprint In The News
Im Naturbudget hoch verschuldet
Vorarlberger Nachrichten, Austria, February 26, 2015
Calculating the Social Cost of Policymaking
Former Maryland Governor O’Malley advocates our new NPV+ tool, which adds environmental factors to traditional NPV analysis for capital projects.
Governing Magazine, Maryland, February 12, 2015
Fussabdruck - ökologisch und umstritten
Aargauer Zeitung, Switzerland, September 16, 2014
Earth Overshoot Day 2014 Media Coverage
Media outlets from around the world shared news of Earth Overshoot Day 2014. Highlights include CBS News, The Guardian, Les Echos interview with Mathis Wackernagel, Le Monde, Die Zeit, La Stampa, El Mundo, Brasil Post, and a Thomson Reuters Op-ed By Susan Burns.
Global Footprint Network, Oakland, CA, August 22, 2014
Environmental Risks Threaten Government Debt Markets, Global Footprint Network & UNEP Say
The E-RISC, or Environmental Risk in Sovereign Credit Analysis tool can be used to incorporate natural resource risks into sovereign credit risk assessments. Investors want to better understand emerging risks in the bond market, the report said, because concerns that debt levels in Europe and the U.S. have shaken the perception government bonds are risk free.
Business Week, London, UK, November 19, 2012
Articles by our staff
Op-ed: Typhoon reminds us climate change is about people
"Climate change is about people," Pati Poblete, Global Footprint Network Asia regional director, asserts while reflecting on the Philippines' Typhoon Haiyan. She emphasizes that the state of California can continue to effect positive change as a leader in climate protection and adaptation.
San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, November 17, 2013
Op-ed: Un Mediterráneo sin futuro
¿Qué pasaría si la región mediterránea se quedara sin recursos ecológicos? Los resultados serían devastadores para la economía y la estabilidad de la zona. Este es un articulo muy impactante de Alessandro Galli y Martin Halle, investigadores de Global Footprint Network.
Esglobal, Madrid, October 21, 2013
Op-Ed: Sovereign Environmental Risk
Environmental risks are potentially large enough to affect countries’ economies in ways that could influence their willingness or ability to repay sovereign debt. In addition, these risks vary widely across countries, including countries whose current credit ratings suggest similar levels of sovereign risk.
Project Syndicate, London, UK, October 26, 2012
September 27th is Earth Overshoot Day: the day when human demand exceeded the regenerative capacity
Katsunori Iha, Research Economist, featured in Science Links Japan. Global Footprint Network announced that “Earth Overshoot Day” this year fell on September 27th, the day when human demand exceeded the regenerative capacity of the natural biosystem in a year. This means that we will maintain “ecological debt” with three months remaining to the end of the year. The indicator used is derived from the Ecological Footprint analysis, a method that is fast gaining attention in recent years. Here, I would like to give an overview of the Ecological Footprint analysis, and the significance of what it analyses, “Earth Overshoot Day”. Read articles in French; Japanese; Chinese
Science Links Japan, Japan, November 11, 2011
Stomping on biodiversity: humanity's growing Ecological Footprint
Alessandro Galli, Global Footprint Network's Senior Scientist, featured in the Commonwealth Ministers article. In 2002, leaders of the world’s governments, recognising the threat posed by the high rate of species declines, committed to significantly halting the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010. Yet, a 2010 study by Dr Stuart Butchart and others in the journal Science shows that leaders have failed to deliver on these commitments and have instead overseen alarming declines. In this article the author considers the urgent new initiatives to contain and reverse these global losses. (more...)
Commonwealth Ministers Reference Book 2010, London, UK, December 10, 2010
Coverage in Other Languages
Il debito ecologico - Luca Mercalli a Che tempo che fa
Luca Mercalli, il debito delle risorse fisiche del pianeta, la spending review ecologica dei Paesi del Mediterraneo e la fragilità dell'Italia.
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Ab heute geht es an die Substanz
Seit Anfang des Jahres haben wir so viel Ressourcen verbraucht, wie die Erde in einem ganzen Jahr kompensieren kann. Das ist die Botschaft des Earth Overshoot Day, des Welterschöpfungstages, dessen Termin das US-amerikanische Global Footprint Network jährlich berechnet. Bis zum Jahresende lebe die Menschheit über ihre Verhältnisse, heißt es in einer Mitteilung des Netzwerks.
Taz: Die Tageszeitung, Berlin, Germany, August 23, 2012
La humanidad ya ha agotado su presupuesto ecológico anual
La humanidad acaba de agotar su presupuesto ambiental para 2012, según los datos de la Global Footprint Network y la New Economics Fundation (NEF, por sus siglas en inglés), entrando desde el miércoles 22 en déficit ecológico.
El Mundo, Madrid, Spain, August 23, 2012
Da oggi il pianeta viaggia in riserva
È l’Overshoot Day, il giorno in cui la Terra finisce le risorse dell’anno. Venticinque anni fa la data cadeva a dicembre, ora arriva ad agosto E gli studiosi avvertono: l’umanità avrebbe bisogno di una Terra e mezza è il momento di pensare al futuro e di invertire la tendenza
La Stampa, Roma, Italia, August 23, 2012
Mercredi 22 août, l'humanité a déjà épuisé son crédit annuel de ressources naturelles
Mauvaise nouvelle pour la planète. Cette année, il n'aura fallu que 234 jours à l'humanité pour consommer toutes les ressources naturelles que la Terre peut produire en un an. Nous avons atteint, mercredi 22 août, le "Global Overshoot Day", le "jour du dépassement". En d'autres termes, nous vivrons à crédit jusqu'à la fin de l'année.
Le Monde, Paris, France, August 22, 2012
Overshoot In The News
UN asks for action on nature loss, citing poverty
Governments must protect nature better in order to safeguard their countries' wealth, says the UN, as ministers meet for a day of talks on biodiversity.
BBC, London, September 22, 2010
Boiling the Frog
Is America on its way to becoming a boiled frog? The hypothetical boiled frog is a useful metaphor for a very real problem: the difficulty of responding to disasters that creep up on you a bit at a time. And right now, both the economic and the environmental frogs are sitting still while the water gets hotter.
The New York Times, New York, July 12, 2009
Uganda likely to lose all forest cover in 50 yrs
Uganda will lose its entire forest cover in the next 50 years if the government does not embark on immediate efforts to halt rapid deforestation. Forests and tree planting can help mitigate the effects of global warming by increasing carbon storage and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
Reuters, Nairobi, July 09, 2009
Let's get real about alternative energy
We need to introduce simple arithmetic into our discussions of energy.
CNN, U.S.A., May 13, 2009
Earth Day and the Elephant in the Room
Well, another Earth Day has come and gone. And amid all the articles and blogs, symposia and TV specials about all the things we can do to save the planet, once again it was hard to find any substantive discussion of the single biggest threat to the environment. Namely, the staggering rise in global population.
The Huffington Post, U.S., April 24, 2009