Just when you think news about the environment couldn’t get much worse, along comes the latest Global Environmental Outlook from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). We can no longer treat the environment as a fringe issue, the report stated. Instead, governments and other agencies around the world need to address environmental concerns now or risk long-term damage to the global economy … as well as, of course, lasting damage to the Earth’s environmental systems.

While trying to urge action and hope for improvement, the report’s authors didn’t sugar-coat their findings: ““There are no major issues raised in Our Common Future for which the foreseeable trends are favourable.” The also noted that, while the international community has taken steps to address environmental problems like climate change, most efforts have been woefully inadequate.

If that’s not a wakeup call for everyone, I don’t know what is.