[The Phillippines' Environment Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio Jr.] said the [President's natural forsts log ban and National Greening Program] improved the Philippines’ ranking in the Environmental Performance Index from 50th in 2010 to 42th last year out of 132 countries.
The Philippines outranked South Korea (43rd), Australia (48th), the United States (49th), Singapore (52nd) and Israel (61st).
Paje reported that the Philippines has also successfully implemented clean development mechanism (CDM) projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the use of environmentally sustainable fuel technologies.
He said the country is ranked 10th in the world in terms of number of CDM projects, with 59 registered with the United Nations. The country's success in implementing these CDM projects was also the reason why the Environmental Performance Index gave the Philippines a perfect score of 100 percent under the indicator for carbon dioxide per capita, Paje added.
According to the Environmental Performance Index at Yale University, China ranks 116th overall, and 128th when it comes to air pollution.
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