Statistical yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2014

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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.



Atmosphere and climate change

Emissions scenarios leading to greenhouse gases (GHG) concentrations in 2100 of about 450 ppm CO2 equivalent or lower are likely to maintain global warming below 2°C over the 21st century relative to pre-industrial levels. The 2°C increase is generally regarded as the ceiling above which global warming could cause serious consequences. Global GHG concentrations reached 395.6 ppm in 2013, having risen at an annual rate of 2 ppm over the last decade.


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