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What global change has affected us the most since 1992?

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A report prepared by the United Nations Environment Program looks at a wide array of things that have changed the world since the 1992 Earth Summit. (iStock)

The world has changed a lot since the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20 years ago, according to a recent report by the United Nations Environment Program, which has been Keeping Track.

UNEP researchers have compiled data on a range of issues, from population growth and climate change to energy consumption and food security.

To help you see the big picture, the CBC's Margo McDiarmid has highlighted 20 major ways in which the world has changed since the 1992 Earth Summit.

"Far from being a thick report that will just gather dust, Keeping Track is actually a bit of a page-turner, filled with surprising and often encouraging news about our stewardship of the Earth," writes McDiarmid.

Which, if any, of the changes surprises you most? Does the list make you feel hope, despair, or something else entirely? What issues are you most interested in?

(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)

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