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UN agency: Pace of environmental damage 'intensifying' across the globe

UN agency: Pace of environmental damage 'intensifying' across the globe

In a sweeping synthesis of global data, the United Nations Environment Programme has intensively catalogued environmental assaults across the six different major regions of the globe. And it finds that overall, damage to the planet is happening more rapidly than before, through slights ranging from air pollution, to the proliferation of human and toxic waste, to water scarcity and climate change.

"The kinds of problems are recognizable, they're just happening much more frequently," says Jacqueline McGlade, UNEP's chief scientist. The agency is calling it "the most authoritative study that UNEP has ever published on the state of the global environment." The report...

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