GENEVA / UNEP ENVIRONMENT RIO+20

01-Nov-2011 00:01:17
A UN report released today which tracked the environmental changes the planet has gone through over the past 20 years says that rapid action is needed to curb resource depletion and ensure human activities do not destroy the environment that supports economies and sustains life. CH UNTV / FILE
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STORY: GENEVA / UNEP ENVIRONMENT RIO+20
TRT: 1:17
SOURCE: CH UNTV
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 1 NOVEMBER 2011, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / RECENT

RECENT - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1 NOVEMBER 2011, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ron Witt, Regional Coordinator for Europe, Division of Early Warning Assessment, UNEP:
"Urban population has grown by 45 percent in just 20 years, so a huge, nearly, nearly impossible to comprehend, increase in urban population in 20 years time."
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ron Witt, Regional Coordinator for Europe, Division of Early Warning Assessment, UNEP:
"The number of so-called Mega-cities, that is cities with more than 10 million population, this number has more than doubled in the twenty year period from 10 to 21,,so 21 cities in the world with over 10 million population."
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ron Witt, Regional Coordinator for Europe, Division of Early Warning Assessment, UNEP:
"The global CO2 emissions continue to rise by a total of about 36 percent since 1992 and, something you may or may not know that 80 percent of all of these emissions are coming from just 19 countries.”
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9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ron Witt, Regional Coordinator for Europe, Division of Early Warning Assessment, UNEP:
"The global use of basic materials and natural resources has risen by over 40 percent between 1992 and 2005 alone, so in just a thirteen year period."
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11. SOUNDBITE (English) Ron Witt, Regional Coordinator for Europe, Division of Early Warning Assessment, UNEP:
"The rate of population growth is slowing noticeably by over one per cent a year, so if you look at page three, in fact that means the, there was a decrease in the increase that’s occurring on a regular basis. So the overall global population growth-rate is slowing even while global population continues to climb.”
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STORYLINE:

A United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report released today which tracked the environmental changes the planet has gone through over the past 20 years says that rapid action is needed to curb resource depletion and ensure human activities do not destroy the environment that supports economies and sustains life.

Ron Witt from UNEP’s Division of Early Warning Assessment said at a press conference in Geneva today “the overall global population growth-rate is slowing even while global population continues to climb.”

These and other environmental changes affecting the planet over the last twenty years are highlighted in a new compilation of statistical data presented in the entitled "Keeping Track of our Changing Environment: From Rio to Rio+20."

The report, which looks into the current environmental landscape, focuses on relevant statistical data on population, climate change, energy and food security among other key issues.

More worrying figures confirmed that global C02 emissions continue to rise due to increasing use of fossil fuels, with 80 per cent of global emissions coming from just 19 countries.

Witt said “the global CO2 emissions continue to rise by a total of about 36 percent since 1992” adding that “80 percent of all of these emissions are coming from just 19 countries.”

Other key issues highlighted by the report include ongoing forest loss in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, with a decrease of 300 million hectares of forest areas in the region since 1990, and the diminishing glaciers which have influenced the current rise in sea-levels, threatening the well-being of approximately one sixth of the world’s population.

The report is produced as part of UNEP's "Global Environmental Outlook-5" (GEO -5) series, the UN's most authoritative assessment of the state, trends and outlook of the global environment.
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