Owning To Pandemic Slowdown, Earth Overshoot Day Delayed By 3 Weeks In 2020 To August 22
Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity has exhausted nature's budget for the year.
Till 50 years ago, Earth’s biocapacity was enough to meet annual human demand for resourced but in those years, humanity has outgrown the planet. Humans now consume about 60 per cent more than Earth can yield in a year. Since 1970 humanity has overshot its biocapacity by a few days every year.?
According to a DW report, in 2019 the earth resource budget was spent by July 31. It was the? earliest Earth Overshoot Day (Day that marks the date when humanity has exhausted nature's budget for the year) ever recorded by the Global Footprint Network.
However, one silver lining of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown has been that in 2020 Earth Overshoot Day has moved back by more than three weeks to August 22.
According to the report there has been an almost 15 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions (around 60 per cent of the total footprint) in 2020. This has been because of a slowdown in the use of fossil fuel in transport power, industry, aviation and residential sectors because of lockdown.?
According to the founder and president of the Global Footprint Network, Mathis Wackernagel, this year's contraction is welcomed but he believes that the fact that it is accidental means it is not sustainable.?
"The tragedy of this year is that the reduction of carbon emissions is not based on a better infrastructure such as better electricity grids or more compact cities. We need to move the date by design, not by disaster,” he told DW.
"Not doing anything, being stuck at home. That's not the kind of transformation we need. It's not lasting," Wackernagel said.
According to him there should be a systematic adjustment.?Wackernagel said that to ‘meet the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) targets to limit warming to 1.5-2 degrees Celsius, the current decline in the emissions curve would have to continue at the same rate for the next decade’.?Also Read:?Thanks To Decrease In Pollution During Lockdown, Bees Seem To Be Thriving
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