quote: The world is heading for an "ecological credit crunch" far worse than the current financial crisis because humans are over-using the natural resources of the planet, an international study warns today.
The Living Planet report calculates that humans are using 30% more resources than the Earth can replenish each year, which is leading to deforestation, degraded soils, polluted air and water, and dramatic declines in numbers of fish and other species
From: doom without the gloom | Registered: Feb 2005
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posted 28 October 2008 07:47 PM
quote:Canadians were found to have the 7th largest ecological footprint - the human demand on the Earth's ecosystems compared to the Earth's ability to regenerate those resources. Roughly half of Canada's ecological footprint comes from carbon released from transportation, heating and electricity production, which contribute to climate change. - Press release on the Living Planet Report 2008
quote: If the private sector does not spend and/or cannot spend, old-fashioned traditional Keynesian spending by the government is necessary. It is true that we already have large and growing budget deficits; but $300 billion of public works is more effective and productive than spending $700 billion to buy toxic assets.
...and if that $300 billion in public works goes towards green infrastructure projects, it is doubly more effective and productive.
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