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Ecological footprint

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Background

  • The ecological footprint is the most widely used supply-and-demand accounting method for determining the rate of consumption of the planet's natural resources (biocapacity) by humans. Since 1961, ecological footprint calculations have been created every two years and include: carbon footprint, climate change, and the recent calculation data of global water footprint.
  • A carbon footprint is the calculation method for determining the level of carbon dioxide emissions (greenhouse gases) impacting the world's ecology.
  • Climate change refs to any long-term changes in global weather patterns (including temperature, wind, and precipitation) due to natural processes or human activities. Global warming, considered part of climate change, refers to an average temperature increase of the lowest layer of Earth's atmosphere.
  • Global water footprint is a method of calculating the amount of water required to produce the goods and services consumed by humans, crop irrigation, and industrial water demand.
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References

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