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As of August 13, 2015 we've used up the budget of Earth's resources for the year. How long can this continue?

Earth Overshoot: Running on Empty

  According to data from the Global Footprint Network, August 13, 2015 was officially “Earth Overshoot Day.” We have now used nature’s entire budget for the year. Global Footprint Monitor tracks humanity’s demand on natural resources against nature’s ability to accommodate that demand – also known as biocapacity. Carbon sequestration, natural carbon sinks for increasing carbon emissions, accounts for more…

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2014 hottest year on record. What, me worry?

2014 Hottest Year on Record – Some Thoughts

Was 2014 the hottest year or wasn’t it – and does it matter?  – Widely reported this past week was confirmation from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), concurring with the Japanese Meteorological Agency, that 2014 as the hottest year on record. NASA’s GISS Surface Temperature Analysis shows an average global temperature for the year at  at 14.68° Celsius (58.42 Fahrenheit),…

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Sustainable human development requires a transformative new trajectory that allows all people to prosper while respecting planetary boundaries

Reconciling the Future: Planetary Boundaries, Sustainable Development and Participatory Democracy

An end to poverty – In this second decade of the 21st century, humanity faces perhaps the greatest challenge of our long history. As noted economist and director of the Columbia University Earth Institute Dr. Jeffry Sachs points out, we live in an age of great promise and yet terrifying peril. On the one hand, Sachs asserts that we have the…

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Earth's 9 planetary boundaries

The Nine Planetary Boundaries

Mark Lynas is a journalist  climate activist, and author of The God Species: Saving the Planet in the Age of Humans. Speaking at a Long Now Foundation seminar last month, Lynas speaks of the nine planetary boundaries human society now faces as we struggle to find a path for a sustainable future. These boundaries include biodiversity loss,  biosphere and oceanic inputs of nitrogen…

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