70 per cent of people live in countries without sustainable resources

An oil rig at sunset in India

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Nearly three-quarters of people live in countries without enough natural resources to live sustainably – and without enough money to buy them from elsewhere.

Biocapacity is the ability of an ecosystem to regenerate the resources that people use. It compares the rate at which we use our natural resources against our ability to replace them and absorb our waste materials.


To maintain its population, a country needs either enough resources to match…

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