Monthly Overview on State of Environment, Pakistan, Dec 2013 Erratic climate change events have hit the rice production in Pakistan this year and to take account of damages, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in its end-of-the-season report has downgraded its production forecast for the country by 600,000 tonnes to 8.7 million tonnes (5.8m tonnes, milled basis). Read more in this December 2013 edition of the Monthly Overview on State of Environment, Pakistan

This new report by major report by Global Witness shows that killings of human rights defenders protecting environmental and land rights increased sharply in the last decade due to the intensification of competition for natural resources. It calls on national governments and the international community to act urgently to protect the environment and the citizens who defend it.

The Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks tracks the national trend in greenhouse gas emissions and removals back to 1990. The key findings of the 1990-2012 U.S. Inventory include: In 2012, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions totaled 6,526 million metric tons CO2 Eq.; U.S. emissions decreased by 3.4 percent from 2011 to 2012.

This final volume of the three-part landmark report released by the IPCC shows that global emissions of greenhouse gases have risen to unprecedented levels and calls for emissions reductions from energy production and use, transport, buildings, industry, land use, and human settlements.

The final volume of three-part landmark report prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that global emissions of greenhouse gases have risen to unprecedented levels and calls for emissions reductions from energy production and use, transport, buildings, industry, land use, and human settlements. Read the summary for policymakers of this report and more in this package.

This new report released by Greenpeace’s East Asia office focuses largely on coal-control policies issued by the central government in China and resulting pledges of coal limits in 12 of the country's 34 provinces, accounting for 44 percent of its coal consumption.

Urban population in developing countries will rise from 2.7 billion in 2012 to 5.2 billion in 2050 and will pose severe environmental challenges warns this 2014 edition of World Development indicators published by the World Bank with high-quality cross-country comparable statistics about development and people’s lives around the globe.

The new World Bank paper, Prosperity for All: Ending Extreme Poverty, begins by looking at progress to date in reducing global poverty and discusses some of the challenges of reaching the interim target of reducing global poverty to 9 percent by 2020, which was set by the WBG President at the 2014 Annual Meetings.

2013 has been one of the toughest years for the Indian wind industry due to a lapse in policy in 2012 finds this ninth annual report on the status of the global wind industry by the Global Wind Energy Council. It welcomes the new ‘National Wind Mission’ but calls for a clear, stable national policy & government investment in infrastructure, including strengthening transmission, to continue to fuel India’s economic growth.

As the performance of small states differs across various economic parameters, carving out a small state does not assure strong growth performance reveals this analysis of the growth performance of states by India Ratings & Research.

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