Over 50,000 lawmakers will meet in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, this week. It marks the 20-year anniversary of the first Earth Summit. Topics will include ending fossil fuel subsidies, reducing plastics pollution in the oceans, and protecting ecosystems that risk extinction from population growth. A top concern is the preservation of the Amazon, threatened by Brazil’s own government, which plans to build 60 damns in the country’s backyard, including the $11 billion Belo Monte project. These environmental issues, however, are overshadowed by economic uncertainty and expectations remain low.
As policymakers try to solve world poverty without exploiting the planet’s resources, here’s a telling infographic from Al Jazeera highlighting growing greenhouse gas emissions: