Resource Watch

Energy Resources & Renewables
are found at Energy Resources




Air Quality

Resource extraction drives many economies and is the basis of everything we manufacture. Some economies are bound, even cursed, by their dependence on resource industries for exports (e.g. DR Congo, Saudi Arabia). Other countries import resources from elsewhere and add value to them (e.g. UK, Europe, Japan, Taiwan). Driving much of this is relatively cheap energy and transportation and, in some economies, cheap labour as well. Up to now, from extraction to consumption to disposal, our resource use has been linear in nature. With foresight and critical thinking, resource use can be turned successfully into a more circular economy.

Ecological Footprint

Ecological Footprint Network

Ecological Footprint Calculator

Ecological Footprint - Do we fit on our Planet?
(Sustainability Illustrated 6:13)

Ecological Footprint and Biocapacity Explorer (Country Data)

What's Your Food Footprint?

(BBC Earth Lab 8:47)

Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions by kg of food (OurWorldInData)

Carbon Counter: Cars evaluated against climate targets (MIT)

Natural Capital

What is Natural Capital
(GreenTV 1min)

Introduction to Natural Capital Accounting
(Natural Capital Ireland 3:46)

Mapping Natural Capital: Pollination, Water, Coasts Today and 2050
(Natural Capital Project)

Mapping Natural Capital + Amazon Case Study

A giant leap towards measuring nature’s contributions to the economy (WorldBank)

The Natural Capital Project (3:26)

Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services FAQ (UN)

Natural Capital Index

Imports, Exports and the Reliance on Resources

Reliance on Natural Resources by % of GDP (2011)

Are resources a blessing, a curse or a double-edged sword? (Brookings Institute)

What is Dutch Disease? (The Resource Curse) (EI Academy: 3:47)

The Top Import of Every Country (HowMuch)

Water Resources

Aqueduct: Interactive Water Risk Atlas

Net Virtual Water Flows
(Embedded Water)

Water per tonne of food produced (Our World in Data)

How much water does it take to produce these common goods? (EARTH)

Water Use per capita

Water Footprint Network
and Personal WFP Calculator

Agricultural and Food Resources

Where our Food Crops Come From - Interactive Map (CIAT)

Where does our food come from (Alimentarium)

Food Production by Crop and Country (Our World in Data)

% Expenditures on Food, 2016 (OWID)

Food Sustainability Index
(also see Infographics page)

Environmental Impacts of Food Production (Our World in Data)

What's Wrong with our Food System (TED-Ed: 5:14)

3rd World Farmer

An excellent simulation to introduce what life is like for subsistence farmers

Economics of Coffee (VisualCapitalist)

The Life Cycle of a Cup of Coffee (TED-Ed 5:04)

The Real Cost of Chocolate Bar (Oxfam)

Chocolate Trade Game (ChristianAid)

Global Livestock
ArcStory: (Farm) Animal Planet

Behind the Brands: 10 Food Companies Global Control

10 Companies that Control the World's Food (WSJ: 2:22)

Monsanto: The True Cost of Our Food (OCC: 13:37)

Mineral Resources

Global Distribution of Mines

Global Minerals

Minerals in a Smartphone (PDF)
from the Geological Society

USGS Smartphone Map

Forest Resources

30 Years of Global Deforestation and Forest Growth (Visual Capitalist)

Global Forest Watch

Global Forest Change

Primary Drivers of Forest Cover Loss
(YaleE360 | Original)

Manufactured Resources

The life cycle of a T-shirt
(TED-Ed: 6:03)

A Tale of Two T-shirts (econolife)

The Real Cost of Cheap Fashion (NYT includes video 2:32)

Overdressed & Overstressed | The Impact Of Fast Fashion On Global Sustainability (Sustainable Square)

Jeans - Decision-making
(NG: Global Closet)

Global Jeans Map

Boeing's Global Supply Chain (ResearchGate)

How the iPhone is made (FinancesOnline - Infographic)


Rivers of Plastic Infographic

River plastic emissions to world's oceans (Nature)

Mapping Plastic Infographic (VisualCapitalist)

Drowning in Plastic Visualization (Reuters)

A Brief History of Plastic
(TED-Ed: 5:04)

Life Cycle of a Plastic Bottle (TED-Ed: 4:06)

Plastic Bag Bans
(The Economist)

The Circular Economy has moved to Sustainability

Energy Resources & Renewables is found at Energy Resources