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International Report Charts Path to Deep Carbon Cuts

International Report Charts Path to Deep Carbon Cuts | What is your Human Footprint? | Scoop.it
World's 15 largest emitters must get serious about climate change, scientists say in a new report released by 30 institutions.
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This article explains a recent report that tells the countries emitting the most carbon they need to step up their game. 

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Recreation | A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change | US EPA

Recreation | A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change | US EPA | What is your Human Footprint? | Scoop.it
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If you don't feel like climate change has a direct impact on you right now, think again. Read this article to discover how skiing is at risk.

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Today's Climate Change | A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change | US EPA

Today's Climate Change | A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change | US EPA | What is your Human Footprint? | Scoop.it
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Provides a basic explanation for how our use of fossil fuels is impacting climate change. 

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GARBAGE DREAMS | Recycling Tips | Independent Lens | PBS

GARBAGE DREAMS | Recycling Tips | Independent Lens | PBS | What is your Human Footprint? | Scoop.it
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A more specific look at recycling. Provides an excellent list of items that cannot be recycled. 

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The Human Footprint

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Humanity’s impact has spread unevenly but everywhere as we have transformed land and sea to meet the demands of a population that has doubled to 7 billion in 40 years.
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This article and set of images takes population and urbanization into account for humanity's impact on Earth.

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Recycling the Leftovers

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Food waste has become a hot-button issue, with cities and companies adopting strategies for reducing it.
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Interesting article about food waste. Good information about personal use and restaurants.

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The Hidden Water We Use - National Geographic

The Hidden Water We Use - National Geographic | What is your Human Footprint? | Scoop.it
Figure out your water footprint one product at a time.
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Interesting statistics about water use from other products we may not associate with water.

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AAAS Atlas of Population and Environment

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Great overview and graphs for natural resource consumption. Provides a reading challenge for those ready to take it on.

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Recycling Facts - A Recycling Revolution

Recycling Facts - A Recycling Revolution | What is your Human Footprint? | Scoop.it
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Quick facts on recycling in the US.

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Maps » Global Human Footprint (Geographic), v2: | SEDAC

Maps » Global Human Footprint (Geographic), v2: | SEDAC | What is your Human Footprint? | Scoop.it
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Great maps showing the Human Footprint Index for different regions of the world.

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Human Footprint part 1 - YouTube

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Excellent introduction to just how much we consume and how our daily choices add up over time.

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Human Footprint | National Geographic Channel

Human Footprint reveals the lifetime consumption of an average American including the resources needed to produce, package and transport everything consumed.
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Interactive survey that reveals your human footprint.

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Use Less Energy | A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change | US EPA

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Some easy ways you can be part of the solution for climate change. 

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Agriculture | A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change | US EPA

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This article explains how Agriculture will be impacted by climate change.

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Tomorrow & Beyond | WaterSense | US EPA

Tomorrow & Beyond | WaterSense | US EPA | What is your Human Footprint? | Scoop.it
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Great article on water us in the US. Provides information about each state's use and impact of that use.

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Greenest Ways to Get Around [Infographic]

Greenest Ways to Get Around [Infographic] | What is your Human Footprint? | Scoop.it
We all do it just about every day—get up, get dressed, and go to school or work. But do you know how your commute impacts your carbon footprint? Close to 30 percent of the greenhouse gases released…
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A great look at changing the way we get from point A to point B. 

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Footspotting: Global Carbon Footprint Infographic

Footspotting: Global Carbon Footprint Infographic | What is your Human Footprint? | Scoop.it
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Provides a great visual comparison of carbon footprint by nation.

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Shrink Your Ecological Footprint

Shrink Your Ecological Footprint | What is your Human Footprint? | Scoop.it
Everybody knows how big his actual footprint is, but until a friend sent me the link to http://www.ecofoot.org/ , I was blissfully ignorant of the size of my ecological footprint. The Web site, created by the Earth Day Network, surveys users' eating, transportation and housing choices and spits out...
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Great advice for making small changes to shrink your impact on the environment.

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Water Bottle Pollution -- National Geographic Kids

Water Bottle Pollution -- National Geographic Kids | What is your Human Footprint? | Scoop.it
Drinking Water: Bottled or From the Tap? The answer makes a big difference to the environment.
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Interesting article about all those water bottles we use on a daily basis.

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The Ecological Footprint: How Countries Compare

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Great comparison chart for many many countries. The graph even breaks the index down by the six categories. 

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Ecological Footprint | Global Issues Tours | Facing the Future

Ecological Footprint | Global Issues Tours | Facing the Future | What is your Human Footprint? | Scoop.it
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Graphic really puts into perspective how much is consumed in the US.

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The Human Footprint | Threats | WWF

The Human Footprint | Threats | WWF | What is your Human Footprint? | Scoop.it
By adding up all of those withdrawals, we can calculate the human footprint on the planet—a measure of how much we are using the Earth’s natural resources. The withdrawals come in six categories:

Carbon: A measure of carbon emissions, represented by the amount of forest land that would be needed to sequester carbon dioxide emissions, not including the fraction that is absorbed by the oceans and leads to acidification.
Cropland: The amount of cropland used to grow plants for food, fiber, animal feed, and commodities including oil, soy and rubber.
Grazing land: The amount of grazing land used to raise livestock for meat, dairy products, hide and wool.
Forests: The extent of forests required to supply timber, pulp and fuel wood.
Fishing grounds: The estimated primary production required to support the fish and seafood caught in freshwater and marine environments.
Built-up land: The amount of land covered by human structures, including transportation, housing, industrial structures and reservoirs created by dams.

At the same time, we calculate the planet’s total biocapacity—Earth’s ability to produce natural resources, provide land for humans to build on, and absorb waste such as carbon emissions.
Put the two numbers together and the problem becomes increasingly clear. It takes a year and a half to generate the resources that the human population uses in only a year. Simply put, this is not a sustainable path for our planet’s future.
Another way to look at this is to say that it would take 1.5 Earths to produce all the renewable resources we use. And worse, the human population is expected to use the equivalent of 2 Earths of renewable resources per year by 2050. The effect of this overuse is a growing scarcity of resources—2.7 billion people, for example, already face water scarcity at least one month out of the year.
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Understand the human footprint better from this brief overview of the six categories: Carbon, Cropland, Grazing land, Forests, Fishing grounds, and Built-up land.

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Diaper Disaster | National Geographic Channel

Diaper Disaster | National Geographic Channel | What is your Human Footprint? | Scoop.it
Diapers are convenient when they're new, but a whole lot of trouble when they're used.
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This really makes you think about the resources we use, even when it isn't your own choice.

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