NGOs: Spain running on environmental credit after using more resources than can be replenished

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SPAIN is now an environmental debtor after consuming more resources than the ecosystem can regenerate in a year as of today (Tuesday May 28), according to two NGOs.

The World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) and Global Footprint Network’s ‘ecological budgeting’ for Spain and Europe found more water, soil and clean air has been used than can be replaced annually.

Now that Spain has passed its ‘Day of Overcapacity’ it is running on environmental credit, the NGOs said. Spain’s Day of Overcapacity came 18 days after the EU average on Friday May 10.

The NGOs report found that if every person on Earth consumed as much energy as the average Spanish person, 2.3 planets would be needed to fuel the demand for resources.

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