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Our use of ecosystem services and resources is

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Unformatted text preview: rated notebook computers. We then exercise 45-60 minutes using a DVD routine. On sunny days I make dinner by collecting ingredients from our gardens and adding them and store-bought organic ingredients to a HotPot and place it outside for solar cooking. On sunny days I also do laundry so I can line-dry my wet clothes. Biocapacity refers to the maximum amount of ecological services and resources that Earth can provide. It is a measure of supply (S), expressed as the amount of productive land available for production per capita. Our use of ecosystem services and resources is sustainable when we demand less than the Earth can supply, i.e., when the global ecological footprint is less than the global biocapacity. The global average biocapacity in 2005 was 5.2 acres per person (note that over time biocapacity decreases as population increases and the amount of arable land decreases – see (Figure 8) from Leape and Humphrey (2010)). The ecological overshoot O = S-D is the best measure of sustainability; it...
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This note was uploaded on 01/08/2014 for the course SUST 510 taught by Professor Marker during the Fall '14 term at Black Hills State University.

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