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Climate Change Data from the World Bank: About Climate Change Indicators

Describes World Bank indicators that relate to climate change, development, and the relationship between the two.

About Climate Change Indicators

The World Bank Climate Change Data present statistics that relate to climate change, development, and the relationship between the two. The over 70 indicators included in the dataset are grouped into four areas:

  • Size of the Economy, which presents data on population size and Gross Domestic Product (GDP);
  • Exposure to Impacts, which provides data that suggest the degree to which a country or region may be exposed to changes in the prevailing climate and natural environment, with potential impacts on human health, food security, water supply, and physical infrastructure;
  • Resilience, which  includes data on the capacity of human systems to cope with the impacts of climate change, such as economic capacity, institutional capacity, and extent of public infrastructure; and
  • GHG  Emissions and Energy Use, which  includes data on the emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and energy use, including measures of energy efficiency and carbon intensity of economy.

Data are provided for economies with populations greater than 30,000 or for smaller economies if they are members of the World Bank. Where available data are provided for all countries and by nation covering the period 1990-2011.

About the World Bank

Founded in 1944 as a result of the Bretton Woods Conference, the World Bank is an independent specialized agency of the United Nations that provides financial and technical assistance to developing countries in order to foster economic growth and reduce poverty. Today, the World Bank Group comprises five institutions owned by 187 member countries: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), which focuses on middle-income and creditworthy poor countries; the International Development Association (IDA), which focuses on least developed countries; the International Finance Corporation (IFC); the Multilateral Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Climate Change Indicators: DataSheet and Search Examples

Clink on the links below to view DataSheets from Data-Planet Statistical Ready Reference comprising statistical abstracts complete with infographics of World Bank indicators relevant to climate change and its impacts. From the infographic, you can also enter Data-Planet Statistical Datasets to further manipulate the data and explore relationships between these statistics and other indicators in the vast Data-Planet repository. [Note that when you are logged into Statistical Ready Reference, you can also create an updated version of the DataSheet to view the latest version of the data.]

The indicators below are linked to DataSheets. These are just a sampling to give you an idea of the granularity of the available data. There are many, many more indicators on this topic in the repository - add search terms such as Geographies, Co2, etc., or contact your library staff for help in formulating your search strategy.

Size of the Economy - Presents a trend view of Gross National Income Per Capita.

Exposure to Climate Change Impacts - The infographic linked here shows the growth in urban population, providing an indication of the degree to which a country or region may be exposed to changes in the prevailing climate and natural environment

National Resilience - The infographic linked here shows the ratio of girls to boys in primary and secondary schools, providing an indication of the ability of human systems to cope with climate change impacts. 

GHG Emissions and Energy Use - Presents a trend view of Energy Use Per Capita.

For a quick overview of the many indicators available in the vast Data-Planet repository relevant to climate, search on the keyword "climate". 

Sample DataSheet: Energy Use Per Capita in India

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