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Annual Earth Overshoot Day Came Early, Once Again| EcoBuilding Pulse Magazine | Green Technology, Green Materials, Green Design, Building Technology, Technology

The profound implications of Earth Overshoot aren’t adequately acknowledged in either the media or academic discussions, but they address both non-renewable and renewable resources. Much of the negative sentiment in environmental circles today concerns the use of non-renewable resources such as fossil fuels or critical metals. While economists agree about the dangers of over-consumption, the widely adopted visual paradigm for non-renewable resource exploitation, the McKelvey box , does not address overshoot. Developed by geologist Vincent McKelvey to track coal or gas utilization in 1972, the diagram (a variation of which is shown below) suggests constant incremental progress. Improved mining technology can increase contingent resources, while better prospecting can increase yet-undiscovered resources. Either way, we win—until diminishing returns render each economically p...

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