2006 Environmental Performance Index

Only six nations, led by New Zealand and followed by Sweden and four other northern Europen countries, have achieved 85 percent success in meeting environmental goals ranging from clean drinking water and low ozone levels to sustainable fisheries and low greenhouse-gas emissions.

The study is called the 2006 Environmental Performance Index. It was produced by Yale University and Columbia University's Center for International Earth Science Information network. Overall country rankings can be found here (pdf). Well done, Japan, at number 14!

Carbon dioxide emissions from nations with rapid economic expansion, like China and India, are more than double the world average (731 tons and 621 tons, respectively). The United States, at 171 tons per $1 million of gross domestic product, ranks well behind some other nations such as France (56), Japan (57), Germany (80) and Britain (118).

The best performers if we only look at Asian countries are Malaysia (1), Japan (2), Taiwan (3), South Korea (4), and Philippines (5).


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