This publication serves as a timely update on what has occurred since the Earth Summit of 1992 and is part of the wider Global Environment Outlook-5 (GEO-5) preparations that will lead to the release of the landmark GEO-5 report. It underlines how in just twenty years, the world has changed more than most of us could ever have imagined—geopolitically, economically, socially and environmentally.
This innovative report is based entirely on statistical data and indicators and shows where the world stands on many social, economic and environmental issues as we enter the second decade of the 21st century. Drivers of environmental change including population increase and economic growth, and especially the status of natural resources and landscapes, are clearly illustrated. Numbers plotted on straightforward graphs show upward and downward trends, which, along with satellite images, tell the story of dramatic changes.
United Nations Environment Programme. 2011. Keeping Track of Our Changing Environment: From Rio to Rio+20 (1992- 2012). Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi.