Today is a bleak day for the environment, the day of the year when mankind over-exploits the world's resources - the day when we start living beyond our ecological means.
Scientific evidence is mounting that rapid population growth and rising living standards among the Earth's six billion inhabitants are putting an intolerable strain on nature.
For the first time a green group, the London-based New Economics Foundation (NEF), has sought to pinpoint how quickly people are expending global raw materials - fertile land, forests, fish, air and energy.
By analysing data from the US academic group Global Footprint Network, the London think-tank has worked out the day each year when "humanity starts eating the planet".
Just like a company bound for bankruptcy plunging into the red or a borrower "maxing out" on credit cards, the world starts falling into ecological debt on 9 October. Problems, affecting everything from the seabed to the stratosphere, range from carbon dioxide emissions to the destruction of rainforests to the intensification of agriculture: read the rest of the story from RedOrbit.