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The UNEP Year Book, compiled at the request of the UNEP Governing Council, presents the hard facts and worrying trends while also underlining some of the transformational and innovative ideas already being piloted in both the developed and developing world.

The UNEP Year Book 2009 presents work in progress on scientific understanding of global environmental change, as well as foresight about possible issues on the horizon. The aim is to raise awareness of the interlinkages among environmental issues that can accelerate the rates of change and threaten human wellbeing.

The UNEP Year Book 2009 examines in six chapters new science and developments, and discusses the cumulative effects expected from degradation of ecosystems, the release of substances harmful to those ecosystems and to human health, the consequences of our changing climate, the continued human and economic loss resulting from disasters and conflicts, and the overexploitation of resources. It calls for an intensified sense of urgency for responsible governance in the face of approaching critical thresholds and tipping points.

Certain core data sets from the GEO Data Portal were used to illustrate the report, including the key indicator on progress with ratification of Multi-lateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs).

The Yearbooks are available for download from UNEP website:

UNEP Yearbook 2009 launched in February 2009


UNEP Yearboook 2008:
UNEP Yearboook 2009:

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Earthwatch, GEO Data Coordinator
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