November 2, 2011
UN Reports Man Is Destroying The Earth Quicker Than Expected
The United Nations has released a new report that states man is destroying the Earth at a quicker than expected pace. The report tracks the environmental changes the planet has undergone during the last 20 years. The changes the report discusses includes statistical data on population, climate change, energy and food security.
The Executive Director of the UN Environment Program (UNEP), Achim Steiner, is urging world leaders to take heed to the areas that the report suggests need urgent action, such as the rising build-up of greenhouse gases, the erosion of biodiversity and the increased use of natural resources, which the report says has risen 40 percent from 1992 to 2005, faster than the pace of population growth.
The UN also discusses in their report about the increased loss of forest in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. They talk about decreasing glaciers which threatens up to one-sixth of the world´s population through increasing sea levels.
The report doesn´t focus only on the negatives - it also highlights positive changes. The UN reports that many environmental issues were only being discussed at the 1992 Rio conference, but today these issues have become mainstream and common policy across the globe.
Some of these trends include the increased recycling of reusable products, the commercialization of renewable energy and the rise in the buying of organic products and ecolabelling.
Mr. Steiner hopes that at the upcoming conference in Rio de Janeiro participants will discuss the negative effects discussed in the report and increase the positive attributes already having a positive feedback.
Mr. Steiner said, “Rio+20, under the two themes of a Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and an institutional framework for sustainable development, can , with the requisite level of leadership, trigger the necessary switches that may ensure that the balance of negative versus positive trends moves from the red into the black and that the right to development is enjoyed by the many rather than the few.”
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