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Extraction of raw materials to rise by 60% by 2060, says UN report

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🗞️ Driving the news: A yet-to-be-published UN analysis reveals a predicted 60% increase in global raw material extraction by 2060, significantly impacting the climate and environment
The report, seen by the Guardian, attributes this surge to industrialization, urbanization, and population growth

🔭 The context: Since 1970, natural resource extraction has increased nearly 400%
The current exploitation of Earth's resources contributes to 60% of global heating impacts, 40% of air pollution, over 90% of water stress, and extensive biodiversity loss

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The report warns that this level of resource extraction will intensify climate disasters like storms and droughts
It emphasizes the need for systemic resource efficiency and prioritizes human wellbeing and equity over mere GDP growth

⏭️ What's next: The report suggests solutions like remote working, improved local services, and low-carbon transport to reduce environmental impacts
It also stresses the importance of demand-side measures in EU policies and the necessity of a green and equitable future

💬 One quote: "Decarbonisation without decoupling economic growth and wellbeing from resource use and environmental impacts is not a convincing answer," (Janez Potočnik, co-chair of the UN panel)

📈 One stat: Material and energy needs for mobility could be reduced by over 40% and for construction by about 30% by 2060, as per the report

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