UN's pulse of the planet: prognosis negative

The fifth global environmental health-check by the United Nations since 1997, compiled by more than 600 experts, has been released. And there's little to cheer.

Over the past two decades the Earth's vital signs have continued to deteriorate, from loss of rainforests, overfishing, air and water pollution to chaotic weather and rising greenhouse gas emissions, according to a United Nations report.

Three years in the making, the Global Environment Outlook report released on Wednesday found that out of 90 benchmark environmental goals and objectives, significant progress has been made in only four.

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