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Find Environmental Facts in The World Factbook

world_environment_picture.jpgIn honor of World Environment Day, is highlighting environmental issues and resources found in The World Factbook. Each country in The World Factbook has a Geography section filled with information about its environmental issues, natural resources and international environmental treaties and agreements. Click on the countries below to learn more.

  • What do Angola, Belize, and Chile have in common? They are all confronting widespread deforestation and a decline in biodiversity.
  • Did you know that Russia is approximately 1.8 times the size of the US, and Akrotiri—a UK sovereign base area on Cyprus —is about 0.7 times the size of Washington, DC?
  • What natural resources do Barbados, Albania and Iran have in common? Petroleum and natural gas.


International Environmental Agreements

The World Factbook’s Appendix C provides an alphabetical list—by both topic and official title—of major environmental issues, agreements and conventions around the world. If you’re interested in learning about agreements on air pollution, simply go to Appendix C and look for the “Air Pollution” entry. You’ll find the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution.

  • Each treaty or convention entry provides a diverse set of information about the signing, implementation, objective, participants and other items of note.
    • For example, the 1989 Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Moments of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal entry lists 172 participating countries as well as the convention’s objective.

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Posted: Jun 07, 2012 10:08 AM
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2013 12:59 PM