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Humans have now consumed the Earth's natural resources for the year - but we did it slightly slower than previous year thanks to the coronavirus


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On Augusti 22nd, we humans had consumed and used up more natural resources that the Earth can renew in 12 months. This is called "Overshoot Day" and usually it happens earlier and earlier every year, according to calculations by the American NGO Global Footprint Network.

According to these calculations, Earth Overshoot Day happened on December 29th in 1970, November 4th in 1980, October 11th in 1990, September 23rd in 2000 and August 7th in 2010, and in 2019 Earth Overshoot Day happened on July 29th.

But in 2020, Earth Overshoot Day didn't take place until Augusti 22nd. Analysts believe that the slight delay this year is because of the effects the coronavirus (Covid-19) has had on slowing down human activity and the global economy.

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