Midnight In The Desert — Natural resources

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

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

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...

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The world is starting to run out of sand

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The world is starting to run out of sand

We have become accustomed to the idea that we may, someday, run out of oil. The world's great forests are being stripped away. Underwater aquifers, a vital source of water for millions, are being depleted at an alarming rate. But very few of us have ever imagined that we are also in danger of running out of sand. Sand is easy to ignore. It is, after all, one of the most abundant resources on the planet. But when you look at what sand becomes — concrete, glass, and silicon — you begin to realize that we are living in a...

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