Humans have already used up 2015's supply of Earth's resources – analysis

  • metta

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    Aug 14, 2015 3:41 PM GMT
    Humans have already used up 2015's supply of Earth's resources – analysis


    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/12/humans-have-already-used-up-2015s-supply-of-earths-resources-analysis
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    Aug 14, 2015 3:52 PM GMT
    But....but......the Republicans say the Earth is inexhaustible. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Hypertrophile

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    Aug 14, 2015 3:54 PM GMT
    You cut down one tree, you should then plant two more.

    This seems so basic, yet I'm sure we're going to hear arguments as to how we puny humans couldn't possibly damage something as big as the planet. Even though a handful of men and machines can stop a river or tear down a mountain in far less time than nature took to build them.

    The notion of putting a date on "Overshoot Day" is new to me. Might be a good way to open some eyes. Thanks for posting this.
  • biathlete01

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    Aug 14, 2015 7:44 PM GMT
    Predictions of the end of oil have a long and undistinguished history. In 1874 the state geologist of Pennsylvania said that all the oil would be gone by 1878. Needless to say, it wasn’t.

    In the 1970s pundits predicted we would run out by they year 2000 and they were wrong too.
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    It may not be politic to say so, but global warming will also keep us in oil. As sea ice melts huge swathes of the arctic will become accessible and may contain reserves as large as anything in the Atlantic. It is no coincidence that Russia, America, Denmark and Canada re all aggressively staking their claims.


    http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/questions/question/1930/
  • metta

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    Aug 14, 2015 7:56 PM GMT
    ^
    Not to mention what will happen to the atmosphere when we burn all that oil. I'm more concerned about that than running out of it.....as well as the carbon that will be released in as the permafrost melts.
  • HottJoe

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    Aug 14, 2015 9:53 PM GMT
    I think we used it up in the 90s. We've just been burning oil on credit since then.
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    Aug 14, 2015 10:02 PM GMT
    metta8 saidHumans have already used up 2015's supply of Earth's resources – analysis


    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/12/humans-have-already-used-up-2015s-supply-of-earths-resources-analysis


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    Aug 15, 2015 12:47 AM GMT
    Well earth has plenty of resources for itself, like the remains of the human race could be good fossil fuel in the next million or whatever years but yea, humans are only resourceful when it's convenient for other humans. But tbh Earth gives 0 fucks about us and our cancerous bs when it decides to shoot lava and shake cities to the ground so what are you gonna do, save earth? Lol we just go'n have to work with the limited resources earth provides until we all die and earth is healthy again.
  • O5vx

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    Aug 15, 2015 4:33 AM GMT
    We need a sustainable population control for the world.
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    Aug 15, 2015 5:39 PM GMT
    Radd saidBut....but......the Republicans say the Earth is inexhaustible. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Whether it is or not the problem will be self correcting.

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    Aug 15, 2015 8:02 PM GMT
    That's a preposterous statement. If there weren't anymore resources, humans couldn't be using them icon_rolleyes.gif

    The Earth is in no danger from humans. At any point in time, an asteroid could slam into the planet and wipe out life as we know it and the Earth would be "fine". Did great without us for billions of years, I'm sure it'll be fine once we're gone.