Climate Change

Published on November 14th, 2012 | by Chris Milton

Best Environment Infographic Ever

Seriously. This is the best environment infographic ever.

Politicians and oil companies might waste time debating whether or not we’ve reached peak oil. What they ignore is that we run out completely in under 40 years’ time, by which time a third of the planet’s biodiversity will be lost.

In the meantime, tantalum, that great mainstay of mobile telecoms, will last only a few years more and run out just in time to celebrate the planet breaking the 2oC barrier in 2060.

There’s so much more words could say, but this, the best environment infographic I’ve ever seen, says is so much better.

Read it, and weep.

The best environment infographic ever

Infographic Details: The infographic was commissioned by the BBC from Piero Zagami. Click on the diagram above for a larger version.

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is a seasoned sustainability journalist focusing on business, finance and clean technology. His writing's been carried by a number of highly respected publishers, including The Guardian, The Washington Post and Scientific American. You can follow him on twitter as @britesprite, where he's one of Mashable's top green tweeters and Fast Company's CSR thought leaders. Alternatively you can follow him to the shops... but that would be boring.

  • Nice graphic, but I think the idea that we will run out of oil and gas in 40 years time is sadly untrue. Shale gas, shale oil, tar sands, methane hydrates… there is a lot of fossil fuel lying around…

  • Guest

    Are these “supplies” reserves or resources? 

  • neutrino23

    I agree with the basic idea of the chart, though I find some of the numbers a little odd. Aluminum is the third most abundant element in the earth’s crust and titanium is the ninth most abundant element. Hard to imagine we’d ever run out of those two.

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