Environmental reviews contain analysis of environmental issues and typically have a geographic or topical focus. The content frequently includes extensive statistical data. State of the Environment Reports (National Council for Science and the Environment) is a major directory of environmental reports from international organizations, countries, states, and other non-governmental organizations.
- Environmental Sustainability Index (Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) and World Economic Forum) Composite index that ranks 146 countries using 21 indicators that represent 76 variables of environmental sustainability. The socioeconomic, environmental, and institutional indicators cover such areas as past and present pollution levels, natural resource endowments, environmental management effors, contributions to protection of the global commons, and a society's capacity to improve its performance over time. Using the ESI, countries can be compared quantitatively on their progress towards improving and maintaining the quality of the environment.
- Global Biodiversity: Status of the Earth's Living Resources (World Conservation Monitoring Centre) 1992 (print copy available in ref QH 75 G56 1992)
- Global Environmental Outlook (UN Environment Programme) Ongoing series of "state of the environment" reports initiated in 1995 in response to the environmental reporting requirements ofAgenda 21 that includes global and regional perspectives on the past, present and future enviroment.
- Little Green Data Book (World Bank) Annual statistical compilation for world regions and individual countries. Topics cover agriculture, forests, biodiversity, energy, emissions, oceans, water and sanitation and environmental health.
- Living Planet Report (WWF International, Global Footprint Network and Zoological Society of London) Biennial report assesses the state of global ecosystems using two primary measures - the Living Planet Index, which is based on population trends for hundreds of forest, freshwater and marine species; and the Ecological Footprint, which is based on human demands on renewable natural resources.
- Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (United Nations) 2001-2005 Series of full and synthesis reports that assess the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being. Their findings provide a "state-of-the-art scientific appraisal of the condition and trends in the world’s ecosystems and the services they provide, as well as the scientific basis for action to conserve and use them sustainably."
- OECD Environmental Data and Indicators (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development)
- State of the World [Year]: A Worldwatch Institute Report on Progress Toward a Sustainable Society (Worldwatch Institute) Annual (ref HC 59 B766) Chapters are unique in each annual volume. The Worldwatch Institute provides Table of Contents and pdfs of some chapters for recent editions.
- Wellbeing of Nations: a County-by-County Index of Quality of Life and the Environment (Prescott-Allen) 2001 (ref GE 140 P74 2001) Uses 39 indicators to create a Human Wellbeing Index for each country and 51 indicators to create an Ecosystem Wellbeing Index. These two indexes are then combined into a Wellbeing Index and a Wellbeing/Stress Index that measures the amount of stress each country's development places on the environment.
- World Atlas of Biodiversity: Earths Living Resources in the 21st Century (Groombridge and Jenkins) 2002 (print copy available in ref QH 541.15 B56 G762 2002) Prepared by the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre this work uses text, maps, figures and tables to outline the broad ecological relationships between humans and the environment and to summarize trends and conditions of the Earth's main ecosystem types. General chapters include information on biodiversity through time; diversity of organisms; humans, food and biodiversity; and global biodiversity. Specific chapers cover the state of terrestrial, marine, and inland water biodiversity.
- World Resources Report (United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Environment Programme, World Bank and World Resources Institute) Annual (ref HC 59 W667)
- World Water Development Report (UNESCO) Published every three years in conjunction with the World Water Forum this report is a comprehensive review that gives an overall picture of the state of the world's freshwater resources and tht aims to provide decision-makers with the tools to implement sustainable use of the world's water.
- The World's Water: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources (Gleick) Biennial (TD 345 G54 - latest edition in Reference) Each report includes chapters dealing with the political, economic, scientific, and technological issues surrounding freshwater. Also includes charts and tables presenting data on the world's freshwater resources. Tables, figures, and maps are also available at The World's Water as well as links to Internet resources on water quality and water resources.
- Yearbook of International Co-operation on Environment and Development (Fridtjof Nansen Institute) Contains both reference data and analysis on environment and development achievements and problems as reflected in international treaties, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and specific countries. Ceaased with 2004 volume.