Happy Earth Overshoot Day, that singular day each year when humanity’s resource demands outstrip the planet’s ability to regenerate them. Last year, we faced our ecological debt on August 19th, this year, we’ve reached this milestone six days earlier. Well done.
The largest companies consume a shockingly huge amount of the world's natural resources. Ikea, for instance, uses 17.8 million cubic yards of wood a year. When it comes to cotton, there's VF Corp., a relatively unknown corporation that owns some of the best-known clothing brands in the world.
How much gold would you have if you stole every bit that's ever been mined? Not much—you'd be able to make a cube of solid gold with 60-foot sides. There just isn't that much gold in the world, and it's getting harder and harder to find it. In fact, our love of gadgets may be part of the problem.
Ah digital currency. It's all in our collective hive-mind right? Coming and going in bits and bytes. Nothing to see here. So why is a hacking process called "Bitcoin mining" using $150,000 worth of electricity a day? This had better be good.
You don't have to simply be a fan of Apple products, you can actually help build them. The company has hundreds of job openings in everything from operations to HR to hardware and software engineering. It probably helps to have a friend at the company, but you can just cold apply for positions through Apple's site.
Did you know a human being at rest only uses 90 watts? Or that a hunter-gatherer needs about 250 watts to hunt and find food? What about the average American? According to Geoffrey West, a distinguished theoretical physicist, the answer is enormous:
The Masdar HQ in Abu Dhabi has big ambitions; the site is planned to be the world's first positive energy building, meaning it will create more energy than it consumes. Checkout some more fantastic images by clicking through the gallery.