Friday, 15 October 2010

We will need ‘2 Earths’ to sustain our lifestyle |

Our take up of food, land, natural minerals and animals has doubled in under 50 years, says new research.

Britain came 31st in a list of countries based on their ‘ecological footprint’ – the amount of land and sea each person needs to provide the food, clothes and other products they consume.

The country has ‘improved’ from having the 15th biggest footprint two years ago – but this is down to an increase in other countries’ impact rather than a reduction in Britain.

Wildlife in tropical countries is also under huge pressure, with populations of species falling by 60 per cent in three decades, the report by WWF, the Zoological Society of London and the Global Footprint Network said.

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