In the build-up to the Rio+20 Summit next year, the UNEP has just published its ‘Keeping Track of our Changing Environment’ report. The report tracks global environmental trends and developments since the 1992 Rio Summit. The report highlights a number of disheartening (but hardly surprising) developments such as the increase in global CO2 emission from 1982-2008 and the increase in vertebrate species moving onto the ‘red’ list indicating that they are endangered. On the other hand, the report also highlights a number of encouraging developments such as a marked decrease in numbers (and volumes) of oil spills from tankers and an increase in recycling practices across the world.
You can download and read more about the report here.