Southeast Asia's biologically diverse coral reefs will disappear by the end of this century, wiping out coastal economies and sparking civil unrest if climate change isn't addressed, conservation group WWF said on Wednesday.

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Per capita income in Bangladesh shot up to $690 this fiscal year (FY) from the previous year's $608 demonstrating the country's overall income significantly increased though GDP growth fell.

Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) calculated per capita income in the current FY, based on its estimate of population at 14.42 crore. The estimated population last year was 14.24 crore.

Blaming a drastic slump in exports, the German government on Wednesday predicted a 6 percent contraction in its economy this year, and warned that other countries in the euro zone may not be able to stay competitive as the downturn drags on.

Environment and Natural Resources Minister, Champika Ranawaka said yesterday that the level of development of a nation cannot be gauged through its levels of Gross Domestic Production (GDP) or Human Development Index (HDI) but more so through environmental factors.

Southeast Asia faces one of the world's highest climate change bills, the Asian Development Bank said on Monday, unless the region adapts to climate change and joins the rest of the world in cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Southeast Asia is one of the world's most vulnerable regions to climate change and could face conflict over failing rice yields, lack of water and high economic costs, a major Asian Development Bank report shows.

Italy would help Pakistan in alleviation of poverty and bringing a green revolution in agriculture by providing modern technology, logistic, financial support and legal advice, said Dr Vincenzo Prati, Italian Ambassador to Pakistan.

Russia's greenhouse gas emissions rose by a tiny 0.3 percent in 2007 to the highest in more than a decade, sharply lagging an oil-backed surge in economic growth, official data showed.

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