Conservation groups have released a report showing that humanity is overconsuming natural capital and are pushing natural systems well beyond their limits. The report estimates a credit excess of a third (though we believe it to be greater). The consequences will be a failure of natural systems and then a failure of human systems and infrastructure as necessities like air, water and food suddenly decline.
In the language of the financial crisis, this is a sub-prime time bomb. It is getting worse, more quickly. And most worryingly, there is no “other planet” to bail out earth’s natural systems when they tip in to crisis.