Fiddling while Rome burns, a report from Rio

Martin Empson

Abstract


The United Nations conference on Sustainable Development that took place in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012 was nothing short of a disaster. Called to mark twenty years since the rst Earth Summit, Rio+20 was supposed to demonstrate that governments
were taking environmental crisis seriously. Despite the high-prole conference the conference's concluding statement, optimistically called The Future that We Want contained little of substance.

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