Humans’ Consumption of Earth’s Natural Resources Has Tripled in 40 Years

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Media Type: News / Op - Ed

Date of Publication: July 29, 2016

Year of Publication: 2016

Publisher: EcoWatch

Author(s): Alex Kirby

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Alex Kirby with EcoWatch summarizes the findings of the recently released report Global Material Flows and Resource Productivity by the International Resource Panel (IRP), part of the UN Environment Programme.

“…rising consumption driven by a growing middle class has seen resources extraction increase from 22 billion tons in 1970 to 70 billion tons in 2010.”

“The increase in their use, the report warns, will ultimately deplete the availability of natural resources—causing serious shortages of critical materials and risking conflict.”

Read Alex Kirby’s summary here and download the full report.

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