The UNEP Year Book (formerly the GEO Year Book) has been strengthening the science-policy interface since 2003. The Year Book is an annual publication that highlights major, emerging environmental issues and provides an update on environmental science and policy developments from the previous year. The Year Book represents an objective presentation of developments that are relevant to a wide range of stakeholders, providing insight on emerging issues in a way that is useful for governments and policy-makers. The Year Book addresses many issues that relate to our changing environment, including land-use, agriculture, ecosystems, and climate change.
The 2012 Year Book presents the most important events and developments from the year, gives a picture of the status of key environmental indicators, and also highlights two emerging issues in detail: the benefits of soil carbon and the decommissioning of nuclear power plants. The Year Book is intended to strengthen the science-policy interface by informing interested parties about the most relevant environmental issues.