In order to inform environmental and development policy-making processes, UNEP keeps under review the state of the world environment.
The publication of this second edition was prompted by the popularity of the first edition and the obvious need for providing updated information to our readers. The contents of this publication are accessible on this web site where all the graphics are reproduced in data formats that could be downloaded for further use.
Vital Climate Change Graphics that was first published in 2000 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and GRID-Arendal ( Based on the findings of the Second Assessment Report (SAR) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), it presented a collection of graphics focusing on the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of climate change.
This updated edition, launched in February 2005, is based on the Third Assessment Report (TAR) of the IPCC that was published in 2001.