This figure illustrates global resource extraction (only economically used extraction) per capita in 1980 and 2011 by major material category.

Global resource extraction per capita by world region 1980 vs. 2011

With 58 tonnes per capita in 2011, the highest numbers for per-capita resource extraction are observed for Oceania. In comparison to the year 1980 (44 tonnes), resource extraction per capita has increased by around 30%. The highest increases are found for the resource categories of metals (157%) and fossil fuels (114%). North America ranks second with 20.6 tonnes per capita, due to high amounts of extraction of industrial minerals, fossil fuel and biomass. With 5 to 11 tonnes per capita, developing regions in Africa and Asia are characterised by the smallest per capita numbers. World average per capita extraction increased from 8 tonnes in 1980 to 11.1 tonnes in 2008 (or 38% respectively).

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