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By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, May 1, 2012 (IPS) – Just before the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, some of the industrial nations, and specifically the United States, were lambasted for their obscenely high consumption of the world’s finite resources, including food, water and energy… Then U.S. president George H.W. Bush famously declared: “The American way of life is not up for negotiations. Period.”… Now, 20 years later, the United Nations will once again focus on population, consumption and the environment at the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development (also known as Rio+20) in mid-June in Brazil… A new 134-page UK Royal Society study, released on the eve of the summit, and titled “People and the Planet”, highlights the rapid and widespread changes in the world’s population and the unprecedented levels of consumption that are threatening the well being of the planet.