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Mountain communities in Azerbaijan are at particular risk to the adverse effects of climate change, such as flooding and water stress.1 The Ministry of the Environment in Azerbaijan needs to implement an effective flood management strategy in order to limit the negative effects of climate change on the people. The government is working on establishing a community education program in order to empower rural communities to take part.2 Air pollution is another significant environmental concern for the country that can lead to respiratory, digestive, and circulatory illnesses, as well as birth defects.3

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1http://www.undp-alm.org/projects/sccf-climate-change-risk-management-azerbaijan
2 Ibid
3 http://www.azer.com/aiweb/categories/magazine/23_folder/23_articles/23_overview.html

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Azerbaijan News

BBC Sport 
Lewis Hamilton produced a stunning last-gasp lap in qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix to beat team-mate Valtteri Bottas to pole. The Briton made a mistake on his first lap when he looked set to go fastest and a red flag looked like it might have ... See more..
Formula 1 
A round-up of all the action from qualifying at the 2017 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku... Mercedes. After a disappointing Friday, both Hamilton and Bottas looked to have rediscovered some pace in the final practice session, suggesting a close ... See more..
Bleacher Report 
Traced around the narrow streets of Baku, the circuit for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix poses one of the most difficult challenges on the calendar for the world's finest Formula One drivers. Ahead of just the second race in the country, Ferrari's Sebastian ... See more..
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BBC Sport 
Fernando Alonso's grid penalties at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix have gone up to 40 after an engine change before final practice on Saturday. The McLaren driver already had a 15-place grid penalty but has been hit further after a switch to a new engine ... See more..
BBC Sport 
Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas led Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen in final practice at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as championship leader Sebastian Vettel hit trouble. Bottas was 0.095 seconds quicker than his fellow Finn, with Vettel's title rival Lewis Hamilton ... See more..
SkySports 
Ted Kravitz rounds up the Qualifying sessions of every driver and team from Saturday at the Azerbaijan GP. For the second race in a row, and umpteenth time in his career, Lewis Hamilton mastered the battle for pole position - and Ted explains how ... See more..
The Sun 
LEWIS HAMILTON took pole position for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with a terrific last-gasp flying lap. Hamilton's sensational effort bumped his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas down to second place and earned the Brit his 66th career pole. Lewis ... See more..
Autoweek 
Romain Grosjean Is denying reports that the Haas F1 team is using 'spotters' in Baku. In American oval-based racing, 'spotters' are positioned around the layout to let drivers know what is happening around them. And heading into the weekend in ... See more..
Jalopnik 
At the Baku City Circuit, FIA officials went out and made changes to the Castle Corner's narrow kerb by shortening the raised kerb and opening up the corner on the other side by realigning the track edge. It's good to know at least some things can be ... See more..
SkySports 
Max Verstappen was fastest once again in Practice Two for the Azerbaijan GP as drivers struggled to cope with the slippery surface of the Baku circuit and McLaren suffered more unreliability. After heading a Red Bull one-two in the opening session, ... See more..
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Geography

Southwestern Asia, bordering the Caspian Sea, between Iran and Russia, with a small European portion north of the Caucasus range
Area

Total 86,600 sq km
Land 82,629 sq km
Water 3,971 sq km

***NOTE*** includes the exclave of Naxcivan Autonomous Republic and the Nagorno-Karabakh region; the region's autonomy was abolished by Azerbaijani Supreme Soviet on 26 November 1991
Climate

dry, semiarid steppe
Natural Resources

petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, nonferrous metals, bauxite ;
Natural Hazards

droughts
Current Environmental Issues

local scientists consider the Abseron Yasaqligi (Apsheron Peninsula) (including Baku and Sumqayit) and the Caspian Sea to be the ecologically most devastated area in the world because of severe air, soil, and water pollution; soil pollution results from oil spills, from the use of DDT pesticide, and from toxic defoliants used in the production of cotton

Demographics

Nationality
Azerbaijani
Population
9,590,159 (July 2013 est.)
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Azerbaijan's high economic growth during 2006-10 was attributable to large and growing oil and gas exports, but some non-export sectors also featured double-digit growth, including construction, banking, and real estate. In 2012, economic growth picked up to 3.8%. Continued production declines in the oil sector were offset by strong growth in the non-oil sector. However, the non-oil sector growth may be driven primarily by government investment, which may not be sustainable if oil production continues to decline. Oil exports through the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline, the Baku-Novorossiysk, and the Baku-Supsa pipelines remain the main economic driver, but efforts to boost Azerbaijan's gas ...See More production are underway. The eventual completion of the geopolitically important Southern Gas Corridor between Azerbaijan and Europe will open up another, albeit, smaller source of revenue from gas exports. Azerbaijan has made only limited progress on instituting market-based economic reforms. Pervasive public and private sector corruption and structural economic inefficiencies remain a drag on long-term growth, particularly in non-energy sectors. Several other obstacles impede Azerbaijan's economic progress, including the need for stepped up foreign investment in the non-energy sector and the continuing conflict with Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Trade with Russia and the other former Soviet republics is declining in importance, while trade is building with Turkey and the nations of Europe. Long-term prospects depend on world oil prices, Azerbaijan's ability to negotiate export routes for its growing gas production, and its ability to use its energy wealth to promote growth and spur employment in non-energy sectors of the economy. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$98.36 billion (2012 est.); $96.28 billion (2011 est.); $96.19 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

41.5% of GDP (2012 est.); 45.1% of GDP (2011 est.); 46.5% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

cotton, grain, rice, grapes, fruit, vegetables, tea, tobacco; cattle, pigs, sheep, goats
Industries

petroleum and natural gas, petroleum products, oilfield equipment; steel, iron ore; cement; chemicals and petrochemicals; textiles