Earth’s health declining “faster than thought” UN

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UNITED NATIONS, May 19 (APP): The environment is deteriorating faster than previously thought, making it imperative that governments act now to reverse the worst trends, according to the most authoritative study the United Nations has ever published on the state of the planet’s health.

The Global Environmental Outlook (GEO 6): Regional Assessments is a compilation of six separate reports, which provide highly detailed examinations of the environmental issues affecting each of the world’s six regions: the Pan European region, North America, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said.

Published ahead of the UN Environment Assembly, taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23 27 May, the regional assessments, which involved 1,203 scientists, hundreds of scientific institutions and more than 160 governments, find that the world shares a host of common environmental threats that are rapidly intensifying in many parts of the world.