Population Matters

Updated Overshoot Index reflects major growth in Africa

Updated Overshoot Index reflects major growth in Africa

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The Overshoot Index measures the extent to which a country’s population exceeds that which its renewable resources can supportPopulation Matters has updated its Overshoot Index for 182 countries, based on new data from the Global Footprint Network. The Index reflects the balance between consumption and sustainable production, measuring the extent to which a country’s population exceeds that which its renewable resources can support at average local levels of consumption.

The revised calculations indicate that 114 countries are in overshoot. China is the most overshot, followed by the United States and European Union. The UK is ranked seventh.

The new data also show that the continent of Africa has begun to exceed the capacity of its renewable resources, despite hosting the lowest rate of consumption per person.

Much of the difference in the new results comes from better-quality data, especially for small, developing nations. However, Comoros, Senegal, Cambodia and Kyrgyzstan have entered overshoot since last year, owing to growth in population and consumption.

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