Saturday, July 18, 2015
Missed It Completely. The 2015 State of the States Report.
The United States of America's Ecological Deficit Day arrived this year with little fanare on July 14th.
That is the date on which it is estimated that the Americans have consumed an entire year's worth of their nation's renewable resources. Six and a half months to use up twelve months worth of renewables. That means five and a half months of running on empty, draining the steadily dwindling reserves (i.e. groundwater) and importing goods, mainly foodstuffs, from abroad. It also means a build up of various forms of pollution normally cleansed by nature.
You can read the State of the States Report here. It's a well-illustrated, easy to comprehend study of how the US and individual states are doing and where they're heading. It's full of little gems such as how it would take eight Californias to support California residents' ecological footprint.