Earth's 2017 resource 'budget' spent by August 2

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Humanity used up its allowance of planetary resources such as water, soil, and clean air for all of 2017 on last Wednesday, a report said. Earth Overshoot Day was on August 2 this year, according to environmental groups WWF and Global Footprint Network. This was a day earlier than in 2016. It means humanity is living on "credit" for the rest of the year. "On August 2, 2017, we have used more from Nature than our planet can renew in the whole year," the groups said in a statement. "This means that in seven months, we emitted more carbon than the oceans and forests can absorb in a year, we caught more fish, felled more trees, harvested more, and consumed more water than the Earth was able to produce in the same period." The equivalent of 1.7 planets would be required to produce enough to meet humanity's needs at current consumption rates. Calculated since 1986, the grim milestone has arrived earlier each year. Read more at:

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