Ecological Overshoot

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Ecological Overshoot
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Last Edit Date 2018-06-20

Ecological Overshoot means :

SDABC2015.png The ABC for Sustainable Cities - A glossary for policy makers. 1st edition (2015)

Ecological overshoot is when a population’s demands on an ecosystem exceed the capacity of that ecosystem to regenerate the resources demanded. Overshoot results in ecological assets being diminished and carbon waste accumulating in the atmosphere (1).

The overshoot day is that day of a year when humanity begins using more ecological resources and services in a given year than Earth can regenerate in that year. (2)

(1) Global Footprint Network, 2014; (2) EU; 2011, Let’s speak sustainable construction Multilingual Glossary