Two Planets May Be Needed By 2030 To Support Humans
Humans are using 30% more resources, than is sustainable.
The world is heading for an "ecological credit crunch" far worse than the current financial crisis because humans are over using the natural resources of the planet, an international study warns today.
The Living Planet report calculates that humans are using 30% more resources than the Earth can replenish each year, which is leading to deforestation, degraded soils, polluted air and water, and dramatic declines in numbers of fish and other species. As a result, we are running up an ecological debt of $4tr (£2.5tr) to $4.5tr every year - double the estimated losses made by the world's financial institutions as a result of the credit crisis.
The figure is based on a UN report which calculated the economic value of services provided by ecosystems destroyed annually, such as diminished rainfall for crops or reduced flood protection.
The problem is also getting worse as populations and consumption keep growing faster than technology finds new ways of expanding what can be produced from the natural world. This had led the report to predict that by 2030, if nothing changes, mankind would need two planets to sustain its lifestyle. "The recent downturn in the global economy is a stark reminder of the consequences of living beyond our means".
"But the possibilty of financial recession pales in comparison to the looming ecological credit crisis."
We have only one planet. Its capacity to support a thriving diversity of species, humans included, is large but fundamentally limited. When human demand on this capacity exceeds what is available - when we surpass ecological limits - we erode the health of the Earth's living systems. Ultimately this loss threatens human well-being.
We now need to turn our collective action to a far more pressing concern and that is the survival of all life on planet earth.
Sir David King, the British government's former chief scientific adviser, said: "We all need to agree tha there's a crisis of understanding, that we're removing the planet's biodiverse resources at a rate which is as fast if not faster than the world's last great extinction."
In the 1960's most countries lived within their ecological resources. But the latest figures show that today three quarters of the world's population live in countries which consume more than they can replenish.
The US and China account for more than two-fifths of the planet's ecological footprint, with 21% each.
The UK, with an average footprint of about 5.5 hectares, ranks 15th in the world, just below Uruguay and the Czech Republic, and ahead of Finland and Belgium.
Japan Makes A Mockery Of The Antarctic Treaty
The Antarctic Treaty states no explosives, no refueling of boats, no commercial whaling, no militry action.
Why are the Japanese having a gun boat to escort them so they can carry on their practice of illegal commercial whaling under the lies and pretence of scientific research.
Innocent whales are being slaughered by the dispicable Japanese whalers.
Japanese Preparing To Kill Over 1000 Whales
The Japanese whaling fleet will be departing from Japan at the end of November 2008 and will then head for the Antarctic Southern Ocean Sanctuary for Whales with the sole purpose of illegally killing whales for the commercial market, under the deceitful pretence of Scientific Research.
The Australian Government of Kevin Rudd and Peter Garrat have failed to help the whales as they promised they would.
Peter Garrat the Australian Environment Minister has proved to be no friend of the whales.
Almost a year ago and during their campaigning, both Rudd and Garrat promised to appoint a whaling minister and they also promised to take legal action against Japan. As yet Australia has taken no legal action against Japan. Are Rudd and Garrat cowards?
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