Warning temperatures, extreme weather events, and threats to sustainable water supplies and biodiversity pose growing environmental challenges in the region while Governments are beginning to address some key environmental problems.
About GEO Year Book 2007: http://www.unep.org/yearbook/2007/
The GEO Year Book 2007 is the fourth annual report on the changing environment produced by the United Nations Envir- onment Programme in collabo- ration with many world environment experts.
The 2007 Year Book includes global and regional overviews of signifi cant developments over the past year. It high-lights linkages among ecosys- tem health, human well-being, and economic development; examines new thinking on the value of ecosystem services and the threat from ecosystem degradation; and describes recent research findings and policy decisions that affect our awareness and response to global change.
A special feature focus analyzes the intersection between environment and globalization where ecosystem services and the human well-being that depends on those services are affected by natural resource exploitation in response to global demands. The chapter also explores some of the innovative policy mechanisms that link global supplies of goods and services with sust- ainable development objectives.
The emerging scientific and policy challenges of nanotechnology are examined from an environmental perspective. Nanotechnology will bring environmental benefi ts but it is vital that we adopt appro- priate assessment and legislative processes to address the unique challenges presented by nanomaterials and their life cycles.