The World Wildlife Fund has released its eighth “Living Planet” report based on figures from 2007, the last year for which figures are available. In short, we need a second planet if we continue to grow and act the way we are at the moment.
“Even with modest UN projections for population growth, consumption and climate change, by 2030 humanity will need the capacity of two Earths to absorb CO2 waste and keep up with natural resource consumption,” the report warned.
The report covers many areas including biodiversity, well-being, the demands we are placing on our planet and its health as a result, and much more. Below are some of the highlights and links to the WWF Living Planet report.
Living Planet Index
Since 1970 the global Living Planet Index has fallen by 30%, which means that, on average, species population sizes were 30% smaller in 2007 than they were in 1970.
In 2007, humanity’s Ecological Footprint exceeded the Earth’s biocapacity by 50%. The Ecological Footprint measures how much land and water is needed to produce the resources consumed by people and compares it to nature’s ability to meet this demand.