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A hummingbird flew into New York’s Times Square Friday, and has been hovering and flitting high over the heads of tourists and workers ever since.

 

Never mind that the bird arrived via jumbo screen — the arresting image was intended to turn attention to humanity's tenuous place in nature. The onscreen message: “Earth Overshoot Day is August 1…Because We Have Only One Earth…#MoveTheDate.”Created by the Global Footprint Network environmental nonprofit,

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Earth Overshoot Day estimates the point in the year when humanity has consumemore natural resources and created more waste than Earth can replace orsafely absorb in a year. The Aug. 1 date projected this year is earlier than any time inthe dozen years the calculation has been made and a warning, especially, oftheheightened challenge from the accumulation of greenhouse gases. Fires are raging in the Western United States. On the other side of the world, residents in Cape Town have had to slash water consumption in half since 2015,” said Mathis Wackernagel, CEO of the Oakland, California-based Global Footprint Network. “There are consequences of busting the ecological budget of our one and only planet.”Fires are raging in the Western United States. On the other side of the world, residents in Cape Town have had to slash water consumption in half since 2015,” said Mathis Wackernagel, CEO of the Oakland, California-based Global Footprint Network. “There are consequences of busting th

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