Sustainability is not exclusively or even primarily an environmental issue

The 2011 Report publication forecasted that unchecked environmental deterioration - from drought in sub-Saharan Africa to rising sea levels that could swamp low-lying countries like Bangladesh - could cause food prices to soar by up to 50 percent and reverse efforts to expand water, sanitation and energy access to billions of people, notably in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. This graph shows levels of change in temperature and precipitation by human development group. Read more about sustainability and its effects on human development at the 2011 Human Development Report.

This graph was originally published on the 2011 Human Development Report, “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World” – Page 35