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Today is the Ecological Deficit Day for the United States
Today marks the date the United States has busted its annual ecological budget, utilizing more resources and services than U.S. ecosystems can regenerate within the full year. The population of the United States is using twice the renewable natural resources and services that can be regenerated within its borders, according to the report, "State of the States: A New Perspective on the Wealth of Our Nation."
Global Footprint Network, Oakland, CA, USA, July 14, 2015
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
Earth Overshoot Day: Resource constraints compound economic inequality between countries
Today's most vulnerable countries are struggling with both low income (as defined by the World Bank) and biocapacity deficits. They are home to 72 percent of the global population, including two billion people who are not able to meet their most basic needs.
Global Footprint Network, Oakland, CA, August 15, 2014
Philippines Laguna Lake Region Running Staggering Ecological Deficit
Mirroring national trends of steady resource degradation, the Philippines’ Laguna Lake region now faces a staggering ecological deficit as its population demands natural resources at a rate 30 times faster than what the region can renewably supply, according to a recent report on the resource demand and supply of the region.
Global Footprint Network, Oakland, CA, October 23, 2013
August 20th was Earth Overshoot Day 2013
Humanity has exhausted nature’s budget for the year and is now operating in overdraft, according to data from Global Footprint Network, an international sustainability think tank with offices in California, Europe and Japan. Earth Overshoot Day is the approximate date humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth can renew in a year. Global Footprint Network tracks humanity’s demand on the planet’s ecological resources (such as food provisions, raw materials and carbon dioxide absorption) — its Ecological Footprint — against nature’s ability to replenish those resources and absorb waste. Global Footprint Network’s data show that, in less than eight months, we have used as much nature as our planet can regenerate this year.
Global Footprint Network, Oakland, CA, August 20, 2013
New Report: Risks to Sovereign Bonds From Overuse of Natural Resources Need Greater Attention
Consideration of environmental risks and natural resource constraints is becoming increasingly important in assessing a nation’s credit risk, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and Global Footprint Network, in collaboration with leading financial institutions. On November 19, the key findings of the E-RISC: A New Angle on Sovereign Credit Risk report will be unveiled at an interactive event hosted by Bloomberg in London. Bloomberg will also now be offering Global Footprint Network’s country-level natural resource risk data (National Footprint Accounts) on all its terminals. The data will help users integrate natural resource risk into sovereign debt, economic growth and company valuation models.
Global Footprint Network, London, UK, November 12, 2012
- Press Archive
Global Footprint Network In The News
Ecological Debt's Hidden War Increases Tensions in the Mediterranean Area
Renewable Matter, Italy, July 17, 2015
State of the States Media Coverage
Various Sources, United States, July 15, 2015
Is Your State Consuming More Than Nature Can Provide?
National Geographic, USA, July 14, 2015
The Ecological Footprint of aMontenegro citizen
Vijesti, Montenegro, June 28, 2015
Montenegro's Ecological Footprint
Cafe Del Montenegro, Montenegro, June 22, 2015
How many Earth's do we need?
BBC, United Kingdom, June 16, 2015
Environmentalist calls for new ideas versus climate change
The Visayan Daily Star, Philippines, April 15, 2015
UAE Ecological Footprint Has Dropped
The UAE ecological footprint dropped to 7.75 hectares per person last year, down from 11.68 hectares in 2006, the Ministry of Environment and Water reported. The ministry said the decrease was because of improved environmental sustainability, through the country’s adoption of the Ecological Footprint initiative.
The National, Abu Dhabi, April 08, 2015
How green is your city: towards an index of urban sustainability
The Conversation, Maryland, March 13, 2015
Im Naturbudget hoch verschuldet
Vorarlberger Nachrichten, Austria, February 26, 2015
- News Archive
Articles by our staff
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
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
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.
, , October 07, 2012
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
L'Afrique confrontée à ses limites écologiques
Sur les hauts plateaux du nord de la Tanzanie, entre les contreforts du Kilimandjaro et le lac Victoria, l'Afrique offre ses plus belles étendues de savane. Sanctuaire d'une faune sauvage qui alimente l'image immuable d'un continent où une nature préservée garderait toute sa place. Le cliché ne vaut pourtant que pour les dépliants touristiques et c'est une tout autre réalité qui s'est invitée dans les assemblées annuelles de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD), entre un bulletin économique plutôt flatteur pour la région, quelques leçons tirées des "printemps arabes" et le constat de blocages persistants sur la voie du développement.
Le Monde, France, Arusha, Tanzanie, June 04, 2012
'La importancia de ver al planeta como una finca': Mathis Wackernagel
Este ingeniero mecánico fue el inventor del concepto 'huella ecológica'. Mathis Wackernagel me habla con entusiasmo, como si le hubieran dado una última oportunidad para convencerme de algo. No es un suizo promedio: hace bromas, sonríe mucho y tiene la paciencia de un maestro de escuela para explicarme los secretos de un tema que, aunque popular, podría servir para corchar al economista más serio. Este ingeniero mecánico fue el inventor del concepto 'huella ecológica', dos palabras con las que hoy recorre el mundo para advertirle a la humanidad lo cerca que estamos de un colapso.
El Tiempo.com, Columbia, November 15, 2011
Guld i telefonen
Danmark er blandt eliten, når det kommer til, hvor meget vi forbruger. I en rapport fra WWF Verdensnaturfonden er Danmark placeret på en tredjeplads over de mest ressourceforbrugende lande, kun overgået af Qatar og De arabiske Emirater. Hvis resten af verden var lige så ivrige forbrugere som vi danskere er, skal der mere end fire jordkloder til, for at skaffe ressourcer nok.
Penge, DR1, Denmark, October 19, 2011
La importancia de pensar como un ganadero de Texas
Lo que denuncia Mathis Wackernagel (Zurich, 1962) podría resumirse en una premisa muy simple: la toma de decisiones de los países sobre su consumo de recursos naturales tiene poco que ver con el cálculo que hace un ganadero de Texas para saber cuántas vacas puede alimentar en su finca.
El País, Santiago, Spain, June 24, 2011
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
The Inflection Is Near?
What if the crisis of 2008 represents something much more fundamental than a deep recession? What if it’s telling us that the whole growth model we created over the last 50 years is simply unsustainable economically and ecologically and that 2008 was when we hit the wall — when Mother Nature and the market both said: “No more.”
New York Times, New York, March 07, 2009
Yet Another 'Footprint' to Worry About: Water
It takes roughly 20 gallons of water to make a pint of beer, as much as 132 gallons of water to make a 2-liter bottle of soda, and about 500 gallons, including water used to grow, dye and process the cotton, to make a pair of Levi's stonewashed jeans. Taking a cue from carbon tracking, companies and conservationists tally hidden sources of consumption...
Wall Street Journal, New York, February 17, 2009
Why sustainability is still going strong
In the wake of the deepening economic crisis, many commentators are warning of the demise of corporate sustainability, the practice of balancing profit with the social and environmental impact of doing business. Companies obsessed with their own short-term survival, they suggest, cannot possibly support long-term, “feel-good” initiatives to protect the environment or invest in community development...
The Financial Times, London, February 12, 2009
A Measure Remodelled
Across the world, standard measures of economic performance are suddenly producing terrible results. Maybe it is time to change them.
Financial Times, London, January 27, 2009
Protecting our most valuable joint asset Earth
Just as the current financial crisis reveals how the world's economies are interconnected, we also must recognize the connections between human well-being and our ecosystems.
McClatchy-Tribune, , January 22, 2009