Climate change is escalating and it is expected that within the next 50 years, we will completely run out of some crucial renewable resources. However, recent studies point to signs that we are actually beginning to cut back our impact on the environment. In order to determine the rate at which we are degrading the planet, we must first look to population and economic growth rates and compare those to the rate of degradation.
Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society collected data using satellite surveys and ground surveys found that the population increased 23%, the economy grew 153%, but the global human footprint only grew 9%.That is significantly less than the other two percentages, displaying a decline in exploitation. 9% still is not that great, however, it does exhibit a step in the right direction. So, are humans truly starting to cut back on their environmental impact, and if so, how much is required to ensure we don't run out of earth? (Photos included for situational irony)