Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Eating the seed corn

The WWF (formerly known as the World Wildlife Fund) has released its Living Planet Report 2004 which calculates that humans consume 20 percent more resources each year than the Earth can regenerate. This is resulting in a growing long-term deficit. In other words, we're eating the seed corn. The report is filled with easy-to-understand charts, maps and data. Especially striking is a map of the world's remaining wilderness versus area inhabited by humans. We have taken over nearly every corner of the plant. It's no wonder that the number of plant, marine and animal species is plummeting worldwide as the report amply documents.

For a news story summarizing highlights, go here .

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