The United Nations Environment Programme (unep) in its Global Environment Outlook 2000 report has painted a devastating picture of the Earth's health on the eve of the new millennium.

"The gains made by better management and technology are still being outpaced by the environmental impacts of population and economic growth. We are on an unsustainable course,' Klaus Toepfer, head of the unep said at the launch of the report. The report says emissions of greenhouse gases that cause global warming have quadrupled since the 1950s, and "binding' targets to reduce emissions agreed by governments at last year's Kyoto summit may not be met. The rate at which humans are destroying the environment is accelerating

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