UNEP YEAR BOOK 2011: EMERGING ISSUES IN OUR GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT

The UNEP Year Book 2011 examines emerging global environmental issues and the latest environmental developments and trends.

Scientists are concerned that plastic debris in the ocean can transport toxic substances that may end up in the food chain, causing potential harm to ecosystem and human health.The 2011 Year Book also explores the wider impact of the use of phosphorus in food production, and the loss of forest biodiversity, which must be halted if forests are to adapt to mounting pressures including climate change and pest outbreaks.

This Year Book also provides an overview of events and developments during 2010, highlighting how cutting edge science is revealing new opportunities and solutions. Rapid growth in renewable energy supply, and other developments, are summarized using key environmental indicators.

  Plastic Debris in the Ocean

Plastic Debris in the Ocean
Credit: British Antarctic Survey 

Phosphorus and Food Production

Phosphorus and Food Production
Credit: D. M. G. de Sousa 

Emerging Perspectives on Forest Biodiversity

Emerging Perspectives on Forest Biodiversity
Credit: Rowland Will