The World Bank has released the tenth edition of its Little Green Data Book,
which provides evidence of the last decade's achievements - or lack of progress
- on the road towards sustainable development. The Book reports, for example,
that urban air pollution declined in most countries between 2000 and 2006, with
the greatest progress in low-income and lower middle-income countries.

South Asia rebounds strongly following global financial crisis, says the South Asia Economic Update 2010: Moving Up, Looking East, the World Bank

Adaptation to climate impacts on groundwater resources
in developed and developing countries has not received adequate attention. This reflects the often poorly understood impacts of climate change, the hidden nature of groundwater and the general neglect of groundwater management. Many developing countries are highly reliant on groundwater. Given expectations of reduced

Global climate models predict a rise in extreme weather in the next century. To better understand future interactions among adaptation costs, socioeconomic development, and climate change in developing countries, observed losses of life from floods and droughts during 1960

Man-made climate change is affecting water infrastructure in all regions of the world, affecting large numbers of people in their daily life and the development of their societies.

Beyond the Sum of Its Parts: Combining Financial Instruments to Support Low-Carbon Development provides greater information and clarity on WBG climate financing instruments and to draw lessons for the broader development community on how resources from different climate financing instruments can be combined for expanded impact, increased leverage,and enhanced efficiency.

This paper identifies key challenges and solutions for carrying out project-level economic analysis of adaptation to climate change, both stand-alone and integrated into broader development projects.

The objective of this study is to identify lessons for improving cookstoves in Bangladesh through an evaluation of existing programs, the international experience on improved stoves, and the lessons from successes in the sanitation sector.

The Brazil Low Carbon Study aims to support Brazil

Interests in obtaining carbon offsets in host countries for Clean Development Mechanism projects may serve as an obstacle to implementing more stringent general environmental policies in the same countries. A relatively lax environmental policy, whereby carbon emissions remain high, can be advantageous for such countries as it leaves them with a higher than otherwise