On 6 June 2012, UNEP released its GEO 5 Assessment Report. While not directly related, the report, with is enormous amount of data, is a good preparation and information source for the upcoming Rio+20 conference while it is also an important lecture for everyone interested in the economical, environmental and sustainable development. Finally, it “outlines ways in which the race for development needs not be at the expense of the environment or the populations which rely upon it. Indeed, many of the projects that the publication analyses prove that development can be boosted through better understanding the value of natural resources. Above all, a redefinition of wealth that goes beyond Gross Domestic Product to a more sustainable metric could boost the quality of life and well-being of all communities, especially those in developing nations.”
More information, the full report and selected chapters can be found here.