People in Europe are snatching more than their fair share of the world’s resources, a report says today.
It says Europeans emit too much carbon, eat too much food, use large amounts of timber and occupy too much built space.
The report for the green group WWF and the Global Footprint Network says Europeans contribute disproportionately to depleting resources. The UK government says it is leading the world in trying to reduce the impact of Europe on the planet.
But the report says that if everyone in the world had the same environmental impact as the average EU resident, 10 May would be the date by which humans would have used as much from nature as the planet can annually renew.