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Statistical yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2013

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This publication presents data for the 58 ESCAP member countries, as well as world, regional, sub-regional and economic aggregates for comparison. It offers current trends and emerging topics in the Asia-Pacific region, grouped around the themes of people, the environment, the economy and connectivity. It provides the international and regional community with key indicators, objective analyses of the current trends and emerging issues, along with data and charts. In order to maximize the comparability, the data is sourced exclusively from international agencies that adhere to the official global statistical standards.

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Environment

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are continuing to rise globally and in the region. GHGs come in a number of different forms and from multiple sources. Fossil fuel use is responsible for most global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and a large part of global anthropogenic GHG emissions overall. Other GHGs – such as methane (CH4) – that also have significant potential to contribute to the overall challenges associated with climate change are mainly associated with agricultural activities and related land use changes. With average global CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere nearing 400 parts per million (ppm) and increasing by 2 ppm per year, urgent action is required to reverse the dangerous trend of rising GHG emissions of all types and sources.

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