This graph is in the beau’s study materials for his Environmental Science courses. A more recent version is available in the WWF’s Living Planet Report for 2008 (page 28), but I lack the internet skills to reproduce it here (blogger wouldn’t take a tiff image)
each vertical bar represents a region. From left,
1 North America (population 326 million)
2 European Union countries (454 million)
3 Rest of Europe (non EU) (349 million)
4 Middle East and Central Asia (270 million)
5 Latin America (535 million)
6 Asia Pacific (3.5 billion)
7 Africa (847 million)
The height of each bar represents the size of the region’s ecological footprint, measured in the number of global hectares per person necessary.
Two things to think about: North America’s footprint is twice the size as it’s nearest “competitor”, the EU, although the EU’s population is higher.
Now look at the fat, short bar that represents Asia. Still a relatively small footprint for it’s massive population, but that’s changing quickly. Countries like China want to compete with the west and are developing an enormous appetite for fossil fuels.
When that bar rises up to the level of the western countries, look out.