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A Glimpse Into the Environmental Performance Index of the World

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Environmental issues such as global warming and climate change have forced many nations around the world to adopt environmentally-friendly solutions such as renewable energy, which include wind and solar power, recycling products and using green technologies.

The Yale University and Columbia University, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, recently released the Environmental Performance Index. The index quantifies a nation’s environmental policies. In the 2016 Environmental Performance Index, 180 countries have been ranked on the basis of how they protect the ecosystem. The index uses 20 criteria that fall in the categories of protecting human health as well as the ecosystem.

According to the 2016 Environmental Performance Index, the Nordic nations of Finland, Iceland and Sweden, are the most environmentally-friendly nations. Occupying the first, second and third ranks, the three nations had scores of 90.68, 90.51, and 90.43.

Nations that have ranked high on the list and have scored between 80 and 90 were France, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Greece, the United States, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and many others. Occupying the range between 70 and 80 were countries like Argentina, Serbia, Macedonia, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia etc.

Among the BRICS nations, Russia was the best performing with a score of 83.52, while India was the least performing with a score of just 53.58. Countries that did not fare very well on the list and had score of less than 50 were Ethiopia, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, Afghanistan. Etc.

Meanwhile, the lowest ranked country in the Environmental Performance Index was Somalia, which ranked at the 180th spot and had a score of just 27.66.

For a better understanding of how each nation has fared on the 2016 Environmental Performance Index, refer to the table below.

Rank Country Score
1 Finland 90.68
2 Iceland 90.51
3 Sweden 90.43
4 Denmark 89.21
5 Slovenia 88.98
6 Spain 88.91
7 Portugal 88.63
8 Estonia 88.59
9 Malta 88.48
10 France 88.2
11 New Zealand 88
12 United Kingdom 87.38
13 Australia 87.22
14 Singapore 87.04
15 Croatia 86.98
16 Switzerland 86.93
17 Norway 86.9
18 Austria 86.64
19 Ireland 86.6
20 Luxembourg 86.58
21 Greece 85.81
22 Latvia 85.71
23 Lithuania 85.49
24 Slovakia 85.42
25 Canada 85.06
26 United States of America 84.72
27 Czech Republic 84.67
28 Hungary 84.6
29 Italy 84.48
30 Germany 84.26
31 Azerbaijan 83.78
32 Russia 83.52
33 Bulgaria 83.4
34 Romania 83.24
35 Belarus 82.3
36 Netherlands 82.03
37 Armenia 81.6
38 Poland 81.26
39 Japan 80.59
40 Cyprus 80.24
41 Belgium 80.15
42 Costa Rica 80.03
43 Argentina 79.84
44 Ukraine 79.69
45 Cuba 79.04
46 Brazil 78.9
47 Montenegro 78.89
48 Serbia 78.67
49 Israel 78.14
50 Macedonia 78.02
51 Panama 78
52 Chile 77.67
53 Tunisia 77.28
54 Jamaica 77.02
55 Moldova 76.69
56 Venezuela 76.23
57 Colombia 75.93
58 Dominican Republic 75.32
59 Fiji 75.29
60 Taiwan 74.88
61 Albania 74.38
62 Trinidad and Tobago 74.34
63 Malaysia 74.23
64 Morocco 74.18
65 Uruguay 73.98
66 Philippines 73.7
67 Mexico 73.59
68 Belize 73.55
69 Kazakhstan 73.29
70 Dominica 73.25
71 Kyrgyz Republic 73.13
72 Tajikistan 73.05
73 Peru 72.95
74 Jordan 72.24
75 Guyana 71.14
76 Bolivia 71.09
77 Mauritius 70.85
78 Namibia 70.84
79 Botswana 70.72
80 South Korea 70.61
81 South Africa 70.52
82 Paraguay 70.36
83 Algeria 70.28
84 Turkmenistan 70.24
85 Samoa 70.2
86 Bahrain 70.07
87 Qatar 69.94
88 Honduras 69.64
88 Guatemala 69.64
90 Equatorial Guinea 69.59
91 Thailand 69.54
92 United Arab Emirates 69.35
93 The Bahamas 69.34
94 Lebanon 69.14
95 Saudi Arabia 68.63
96 Suriname 68.58
97 El Salvador 68.07
98 Brunei Darussalam 67.86
99 Turkey 67.68
100 Gabon 67.37
101 Syria 66.91
102 Tonga 66.86
103 Ecuador 66.58
104 Egypt 66.45
105 Iran 66.32
106 Zambia 66.06
107 Indonesia 65.85
108 Sri Lanka 65.55
109 China 65.1
110 Bhutan 64.99
111 Georgia 64.96
112 Seychelles 64.92
113 Kuwait 64.41
114 Mongolia 64.39
115 Nicaragua 64.19
116 Iraq 63.97
117 Senegal 63.73
118 Uzbekistan 63.67
119 Libya 63.29
120 Grenada 63.28
120 Bosnia and Herzegovina 63.28
122 Antigua and Barbuda 62.55
123 Kenya 62.49
124 Swaziland 60.63
125 Kiribati 60.48
126 Oman 60.13
127 Cote d’Ivoire 59.89
128 Congo 59.56
129 Zimbabwe 59.25
130 Ghana 58.89
131 Viet Nam 58.5
132 Tanzania 58.34
133 Nigeria 58.27
134 Vanuatu 57.74
135 Uganda 57.56
136 Cameroon 57.13
137 Maldives 57.1
138 Timor-Leste 55.79
139 Guinea 55.4
140 Barbados 54.96
141 India 53.58
142 The Gambia 52.09
143 Cape Verde 51.98
144 Pakistan 51.42
145 Angola 51.32
146 Cambodia 51.24
147 Rwanda 50.34
148 Laos 50.29
149 Nepal 50.21
150 Yemen 49.79
151 Malawi 49.69
152 Comoros 49.2
153 Myanmar 48.98
154 Sao Tome and Principe 48.28
155 Guinea-Bissau 48.2
156 Papua New Guinea 48.02
157 Lesotho 47.17
158 Solomon Islands 46.92
159 Central African Republic 46.46
160 Mauritania 46.31
161 Togo 46.1
162 Sierra Leone 45.98
163 Ethiopia 45.83
164 Djibouti 45.29
165 Burkina Faso 43.71
166 Benin 43.66
167 Liberia 43.42
168 Burundi 43.37
169 Haiti 43.28
170 Sudan 42.25
171 Dem. Rep. Congo 42.05
172 Mozambique 41.82
173 Bangladesh 41.77
174 Mali 41.48
175 Chad 37.83
176 Afghanistan 37.5
177 Niger 37.48
178 Madagascar 37.1
179 Eritrea 36.73
180 Somalia 27.66

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