What is ecological deficit ?

I'm currently taking an environmental science class and could use some clarification on the following, relating to ecological deficit:

A) Describe how a country’s ecological deficit could be related (or not) to the dominant energy usage of that country.

B) Besides energy usage, what are three other factors that affect a nation’s ecological deficit?

C) What are at least two approaches from class for eliminating the USA’s ecological deficit over time and two shortcomings for each approach?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A. Ecological Deficit is the level of resource consumption and waste discharge by a population in excess of locally sustainable natural production and assimilative capacity. In spatial terms, the ecological deficit is the difference between that population's effective ecological footprint and the geographic area it actually occupies. So....if you are using up your oil/coal/etc. it can be a problem.

    http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0oGkyPkHnRJ8j...

    B. Population increase - creating increasing demands

    Erosion from depletion of forests

    Pollution from waste disposal and burning of fossil fules

    (As populations have multiplied and incomes have risen,

    demands on the natural support systems of many

    economies have become excessive, generating ecological

    deficits. The effects of these deficits are first seen at the

    local level as deforestation leads to fuelwood shortages,

    overplowing leads to falling crop yields, overgrazing leads

    to emaciated herds ofcattle, or overpumping drops water

    tables and dries up wells. http://www.earth-policy.org/Books/EPRPart1A.pdf

    C. This question relates to what you learned in class so check with one of the other students that was in class during the time the teacher discussed this. Here is some stuff online: http://survivalacres.com/wordpress/?p=460

    http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0oGkjenIXRJZi...

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    3 years ago

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    A) Describe how a country’s ecological deficit could be related (or not) to the dominant energy usage of that country.

    B) Besides energy usage, what are...

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