On Tuesday, May 15th, WWF released the 2012 edition of its Living Planet Report.
Earth in Major Resource Overdraft – WWF’s Living Planet Report 2012
By 2030 humanity will need two planets worth of resources to support the world’s population
Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) May 14, 2012
Humanity’s ever-growing demand for natural resources is putting huge pressure on the planet’s biodiversity and threatening our future security and well-being, according to the Living Planet Report 2012, released today by World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
The report measures the health of 9,014 populations of more than 2,600 species – a thousand more populations than had been monitored by previous editions. This data, which creates the Living Planet Index (LPI), is presented in the report alongside updated global ecological and water footprint data.
The biannual report examines the ecological state of the planet and is produced in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London and the Global Footprint Network. The report is being launched just five weeks before nations, businesses and civil society gather in Rio de Janeiro for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 ). Twenty years after the first Earth summit, this meeting is a key opportunity for global leaders to reconfirm their commitment to creating a sustainable future.
“It’s taken a near meltdown of our economy for our nation to finally have a thoughtful conversation about our national debt. It’s time for us to have that same kind of conversation about our ecological debt, because right now we’re living beyond our planet’s means.” said Colby Loucks, Director of Conservation Science, WWF. “The science is clear: we need to be smarter about how we use our finite natural resources.”
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