Megatrends of the 20 years post the first Rio conference (New Agriculturist)

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Keeping track of our changing environment

Published by UNEP
2011, 99pp, ISBN 978 9 28073 1903 (Pb), free to download

Facts and figures are the stuff of professional life but, to be meaningful, comparative data is essential, though often lacking. UNEP’s timely new publication concisely and graphically presents the data of the mega trends of the 20 years post the first Rio conference, contrasting the dramatic changes that have resulted during that time. Graphs, tables and photographs present aspects of the environment in six major sectors: population and human environment, economy, environmental trends, energy, and industry, and transport and tourism. The largest sector is environmental trends, covering atmosphere, climate change, forests, water, biodiversity, chemicals and waste, natural hazards, governance, agriculture, and fisheries.


Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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