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Consumption of Resources Is Outstripping Planet's Ability to Cope, Says WWF
Associated Press ^ | October 22, 2004 | Jonathan Fowler

Posted on 10/22/2004 1:34:34 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

GENEVA — People are plundering the world's resources at a pace that outstrips the planet's capacity to sustain life, the environmental group WWF said Thursday.

In its regular "Living Planet Report," the World Wide Fund for Nature said humans currently consume 20 percent more natural resources than the Earth can produce.

Consumption of fossil fuels such as coal, gas, and oil increased by almost 700 percent between 1961 and 2001, it said. But the planet is unable to move as fast to absorb the resulting carbon-dioxide emissions that degrade the Earth's protective ozone layer.

"We are spending nature's capital faster than it can regenerate," said WWF chief Claude Martin, launching the conservation body's 40-page study. "We are running up an ecological debt which we won't be able to pay off unless governments restore the balance between our consumption of natural resources and the earth's ability to renew them."

Populations of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine species fell on average by 40 percent between 1970 and 2000, the study said. It cited destruction of natural habitats, pollution, overfishing, and the introduction by humans of nonnative animals, such as cats and rats, who often drive out indigenous species.

"The question is how the world's entire population live with the resources of one planet," said Jonathan Loh, one of the report's authors.

The study, WWF's fifth since 1998, examines the "ecological footprint" — or environmental impact — of the planet's 6.1 billion–strong population.

To calculate the average size of each person's footprint, it measures land use, pollution, energy consumption, and the level of carbon-dioxide emissions.

The impact of an average North American is double that of a European, but seven times that of the average Asian or African.

Overall, the biggest culprits are the residents of the United Arab Emirates, followed by the United States, Kuwait, Australia, and Sweden. The least damaging are residents of Afghanistan, Somalia, Haiti, Tajikistan, and Bangladesh.

Rich nations tread heavily on poorer countries, said Mathis Wacknagel, head of the Global Footprint Network, a grouping including WWF. For example, Western demand for of Asia's palm oil and soybeans from South America has fueled destruction of natural habitats in those regions.

The study also warned of increasing pressure on the planet's resources amid spiraling consumption in Asia, led by fast-growing China and India.

"We can consume energy in a way that's harmful or in a way that's sustainable," Loh told reporters. The technologies are available to enable the world's population to live within the capacity of one planet."

Governments, businesses, and consumers should switch to energy-efficient technology, such as solar power, Loh said, adding that high oil prices may help focus their minds.

"It's not a question of how much oil is left," he said. "The question we should be asking is how much fossil fuel consumption the Earth can sustain. The Earth has a limited capacity."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: climatechange; consumption; environment; fud; globalwarminghoax; ozone; resources; scaretactics; trade
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There is so much wrong with this article it is hard to know where to begin. Perhaps to feel sorry for Jonathan Fowler's family for having raised such a poor journalist. He should have kept himself anonymous behind the AP label.

But the planet is unable to move as fast to absorb the resulting carbon-dioxide emissions that degrade the Earth's protective ozone layer.

Wow, this is new! Sure glad Jonathan made it up. The WWF would not have said this.

Overall, the biggest culprits are the residents of the United Arab Emirates, followed by the United States, Kuwait, Australia, and Sweden. The least damaging are residents of Afghanistan, Somalia, Haiti, Tajikistan, and Bangladesh.

Those evil, industrious, well-off nations. Why can't they just live in a state of constant penury, anarchy and corruption . Then our planet would be safer.

For example, Western demand for of Asia's palm oil and soybeans from South America

I am certain the farmers from the countries who grow these products are quite unahppy to be making a decent living and would much rather follow the example of the Somalian counterparts.

Listen folks, we do live on a finite planet with finite resources. We may even now be using more of the sources and sinks than the earth can take. But this type of article is just plain stupid. The are reasonable, market-based mechanisms that can allow us to maintain and increase our wealth and still remain within the earth's limitations.

It is articles like these that blantantly expose the agenda of the left is not focused on preserving the planet, but rather controlling resources.

1 posted on 10/22/2004 1:34:35 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
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To: farmfriend

Ping


2 posted on 10/22/2004 1:35:29 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit (Politically, Saudi Arabia is 18th century France with 16th Century Spain's flow of gold and no art)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
Earth: Use it up and move on.

3 posted on 10/22/2004 1:36:14 AM PDT by Deb (A Democrat Stole My GREEN Sweater!!!)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

I don't know if the WWF will ever face the fact that it is all those Billions of Chinese and Indians breathing out CO2 that is causing global warming! Also the underground peat bog fires in Indonisia are not helping the situation.

But not to worry, the increase in volcanism will cool things down soon.


4 posted on 10/22/2004 1:38:57 AM PDT by SubMareener (Become a monthly donor! Free FreeRepublic.com from Quarterly FReepathons!)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

I wish the WWF would stay out of politics and stick to wrestling! Just kidding :) Seriously, thanks for the info.


5 posted on 10/22/2004 1:39:03 AM PDT by Fedora
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
This article is absolute bull#$%* !

There is plenty of everything for everyone on the planet. The world is abundant. Truth and science continue to be manipulated by various groups.
6 posted on 10/22/2004 1:39:25 AM PDT by Bandaneira (The Third Temple/House for All Nations/World Peace Centre...Coming Soon...)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

What does the World Wrestling Federation know about Natural Resources?


7 posted on 10/22/2004 1:40:16 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

Eventially we'll get off this rock and then what will they say??? Just this solar system alone has more resources than we could ever use in a few million years...


8 posted on 10/22/2004 1:40:30 AM PDT by DB ()
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To: Fedora

I was thinking the EXACT same thing.


9 posted on 10/22/2004 1:41:01 AM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

We have more Enviro-wackos than the Earth can sustain.


10 posted on 10/22/2004 1:42:04 AM PDT by clee1 (Islam is a deadly plague; liberalism is the AIDS virus that prevents us from defending ourselves.)
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To: tiamat

ROFL! Are you contemplating the same thing I'm contemplating, Pinky? :)


11 posted on 10/22/2004 1:44:08 AM PDT by Fedora
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

**But the planet is unable to move as fast to absorb the resulting carbon-dioxide emissions that degrade the Earth's protective ozone layer.**

This is such a stupid comment, and one I often hear from Lefty-enviro-facists. They confuse their own propaganda! It's CFCs that (supposedly) degrade the ozone layer. It's CO2 that (supposedly but not really) causes global warming.

WHAT UTTER MORONS!!

Everyone interested should read this:

http://www.forces.org/articles/files/crichton.htm


12 posted on 10/22/2004 1:45:02 AM PDT by LeftCoastNeoCon
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

Much can be, and has been, made of the Left's willful ignorance of not just general history, but even the history of leftwing thought.

Have the learned men at the WWF, for example, never heard of Malthus, or more importantly the absolute failure of his, and their, model?


13 posted on 10/22/2004 1:45:56 AM PDT by swilhelm73 (Democrats and free speech are like oil and water)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

Oh my, does this mean the world will end?


14 posted on 10/22/2004 1:50:50 AM PDT by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

later


15 posted on 10/22/2004 1:51:06 AM PDT by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
The impact of an average North American is double that of a European, but seven times that of the average Asian or African.

It's not my fault if they can't keep up.

16 posted on 10/22/2004 1:54:27 AM PDT by Dont Mention the War (How important a Senator can you be if Dick Cheney's never told you to "go [bleep] yourself"?)
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To: Fedora

I think so Brain, but how are we going to find rubber pants in our size?

(What are you doing up at this hour? Do you EVER sleep? LOL! )


17 posted on 10/22/2004 1:57:36 AM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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To: tiamat

Well, I've been pulling all-nighters the last few nights trying to finish this article, and I told myself I'd finish today so I wouldn't have to do it again tonight, but as you see. . .

And what are *you* doing up, BTW, LOL!


18 posted on 10/22/2004 2:00:45 AM PDT by Fedora
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To: Fedora

Nerves. mostly.

Can't sleep much these days.

That house stuff.

Besides, Kid will be up in less than an hour, and my dial-up is (relatively) fast this time of day...

Poit!


19 posted on 10/22/2004 2:05:05 AM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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To: tiamat

I drink herbal tea for my nerves. Chamomile helps, LOL! Hope you get the house thing settled soon.

Your kid sure gets up early!


20 posted on 10/22/2004 2:07:00 AM PDT by Fedora
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