New Anglia Ruskin report shows threat to EU countries from natural resource shortages.
A new report launched today [Friday, 16 May] warns that a number of countries in the European Union, including France, Italy and the United Kingdom, are facing critical shortages of natural resources.
Produced by the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University, the natural resource maps indicate that some countries have less than a year of energy resources remaining and are almost entirely dependent on imports from the likes of Russia, Norway and Qatar.
By using the most recent data on known reserves and current consumption, the maps show that France has less than a year’s worth of its own reserves of oil, gas and coal. Italy has less than a year of gas and coal, and only one year of oil. The UK fares only slightly better, with 5.2 years of oil, 4.5 years of coal and three years of gas remaining.
Some Eastern European members fare much better, with 73 years left of coal in Bulg...
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