Asia-Pacific fastest growing greenhouse gases source: UN
The fifth edition of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), launched ahead of the Rio+20 UN Summit on sustainable development, has assessed 90 of the most important environmental goals and found that significant progress had been made only in the case of four objectives.
The assessment was coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
According to the report, rapid economic growth over the past 20 years, particularly in the larger economies in the Asia-Pacific region, has been accompanied by increasing emissions of greenhouse gases and degradation of natural capital.
"A business as usual scenario suggests that the region will contribute around 40 percent of global CO2 emissions by 2015," the report says.