Data Points

We’ve Consumed More Than the Earth Can Produce This Year

Thursday, August 13, is Earth Overshoot Day, when resource use is expected to outstrip the capacity for production—and it’s getting earlier every year.

Biocapacity Deficits and Reserves
Biological capacity, or biocapacity, is a way to measure an area's ability to produce biological materials necessary for life, such as food, and to absorb its carbon dioxide emissions. Deficits and reserves are determined by measuring an area's capacity against its ecological footprint—the area required to support an ecosystem's population.
Biocapacity Deficit or Reserve, in global hectares