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Earth Overshoot Day 2016 - 10th August

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The 8th August marked Earth Overshoot Day 2016, a day reached when humans have used as much from the Earth's natural resources as the planet can renew in a whole year.

The day has fallen five days earlier than it did last year (13th August) and eleven days earlier than 2014 (19th August), indicating the huge pressures on the environment.

Earth Overshoot Day is devised by Global Footprint Network, an international think tank that coordinates research, develops methodological standards and provides decision-makers with tools to help the human economy operate within the Earth's ecological limits.

The Earth Overshoot Day is determined by calculating the number of days each year the Earth's biocapacity is sufficient to provide for humanity's ecological footprint.  The remainder of the year equates to global overshoot.

Laly Lichtenfeld, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the African People & Wildlife Fund said "overshooting the planet's capacity to care for us puts us all in jeopardy, people and nature".

The latest figures show that if the world's population lived like Australia we would need 5.4 Earths and in the case of the UK, 2.9 Earths.  3.8 UKs would be required to meet the demands of its citizens and 1.6 Earths required for the global population.

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