This graphic shows you how long we have to reach peak everything–from oil to phosphorus.
We use a lot of materials that we can’t get back once they’re gone.
Much ado has been made about the world’s oil reserves, and for good reason–society would quickly spiral out of control if oil supplies began to rapidly decline. But oil is far from the only non-renewable resource that we rely on. This infographic from the BBC shows some of the other non-renewable resources that we use–and how much of them we have left.
As you can see, we’re quickly running out of mineral resources like antimony (used in everything from drugs to flame retardants), indium (used in touch screens and solar panels), silver, copper, and phosphorous (a fertilizer and important plant nutrient). In 12 years, antimony and indium supplies will be threatened. In 76 years, we’ll have to start seriously thinking about how phosphorous shortages will affect the food supply.
via FastCoExist – Ariel Schwartz
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