Living Planet Report: Humanity now needs 1.5 Earths


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Humanity is now using nature’s services 50 percent faster than what Earth can renew, reveals the 2010 edition of the Living Planet Report – the leading survey of the planet’s health. The top 10 countries with the biggest Ecological Footprint per person are the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Denmark, Belgium, United States, Estonia, Canada, Australia, Kuwait and Ireland.

lprThe biennial report, produced by WWF in collaboration with Global Footprint Network and the Zoological Society of London, was released today at the Wild Screen Film Festival in Bristol, U.K. Coming just days before leaders of the world’s governments meet in Nagoya, Japan to set a new agenda for addressing species loss, the report details alarming biodiversity declines along with a rapid escalation of human demand that is far outstripping nature’s regenerative capacity.

Follow this link to download the full Living Planet Report in PDF


Mapping forest carbon stocks in the Colombian Amazon

Some 55% of tropical forests are negatively affected by land use practices and deforestation worldwide. But the ability to penetrate the canopy to see what’s going on has been lacking until now. Global Ecology’s Greg Asner’s group has developed new airborne methods to peer through the canopy to measure and map, in beautiful 3-D, the underlying vegetation, degradation and deforestation, and the amount of carbon stored and emitted in these forests.

The Spectranomics Project

The ability to reliably measure carbon locked up in tropical forests and emitted by land-use practices is a prerequisite for accurately monitoring carbon storage and emissions for the newly passed United Nations initiative on Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD).

Sources: The Good Human [February 07, 2011] / Carnegie Institution [January 13, 2011]



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