This important, definitive report on the state of the human environment has been commissioned by the Stockholm Conference Secretariat and is intended to provide a conceptual framework for the proceedings of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment. The goal of this report is to provide an entirely objective background for decision-making, and it is an important guide for the general reader.
The book begins with the history of the environment. It discusses newly learned facts about the biosphere as they related to the ever-increasing environmental risks on international, regional, and local levels. Subsequent sections discuss the effects of these environmental problems on the world community, and identify the needs for international corrective actions. The last section serves as a summary and recapitulation.