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We’ve Devoured a Year’s Worth of Natural Resources in Just Seven Months

Today is Earth Overshoot Day—the day when humanity has consumed more natural resources than the planet is able to generate in a single calendar year. …

Sustainability

Earth’s resources used up at quickest rate ever in 2016

In just over seven months, humanity has used up a full year's allotment of natural resources such as water, food and clean air – the quickest rate yet, according to a new report.<p>The point of "overshoot" will officially be reached on Monday, said environmental group Global Footprint Network -- five …

Climate Change

Waste of resources is biggest threat to planet, warns Scottish environment agency

Scotland’s environment agency has warned the country’s industries and farmers that their waste and inefficiency is now the biggest threat to the environment, overtaking pollution.<p>In a marked shift in strategy, the regulator’s chief executive, Terry A’Hearn, will urge businesses, farmers and …

Northern Ireland

Brazil’s Olympics money would have been better spent on indigenous communities

Human rights groups are correct to say the Rio Olympic Games are a “huge missed opportunity” to improve the lives of the poorest in the city (Forced relocation and police crackdown: How Rio missed gold for human rights, Sport, 3 August). It is also a missed opportunity to invest in human rights …

Brazil

What factors influence income inequality?

Dale O. Cloninger, <i>University of Houston-Clear Lake</i><p>Whether it's by coincidence or causation, the financial collapse of 2008 and 2009 has resulted in growing angst over income inequality.<p>Millions of workers disappeared from the workforce and have yet to return. This has magnified the gap between …

Poverty and Destitution Defined In Brazil and Around the Globe

The 2016 Rio Olympics is an example of a globally viewed event drawing attention to issues that are endemic in countries like Brazil and prominent in …

Africa Hunger Facts, Africa Poverty Facts

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 233 million people in sub-Saharan Africa were hungry/undernourished in 2014-6 (its most …