It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
EARTH'S natural resources are being used 25 per cent faster than the planet can renew them, analysis by conservation group WWF indicates.
Measurements of crop yields, carbon dioxide emissions, fishing and the use of forests suggest that mankind's ecological footprint is too big to be sustained.
Since 1961, it has more than tripled in size and, for the past 20 years, mankind has been living beyond its ecological means, a WWF report says.
It is the equivalent, in banking terms, of living off capital rather than interest.
Using UN projections of the growth of the human population and economies, the report predicts that by the middle of the century "large-scale ecosystem collapse" is likely.
The world's average footprint is calculated to be 2.2ha per capita, but only 1.8ha of each person's consumption can be regenerated by the planet each year.
Originally posted by Black_Fox
Nature has an uncanny ability to get rid of threats to it.Its extinguished life here many times before.If we create a bad situation,nature will just get rid of us.Through ice age,global warming,hurricanes,earthquakes,etc.Humanity should learn from past events.
Originally posted by k4rupt
I'm sure the future will have a way in fixing this problem.
People have been trying to predict disasters ever since the existance of man. Remember the famous economist who predicted there would be mass starvation in England because pop. growth was rising whereas food levels were staying constant? - HE FAILED to predict the industrial revolution and advancement in technology. The point is, we don't KNOW what the future holds. Our resources are running out, yes, but don't give up hope that our future generations cannot handle it. They can. We humans always have and we always will.
[edit on 24-10-2006 by k4rupt]