According to the Environmental Performance Index at Yale University, China ranks 116th overall, and 128th when it comes to air pollution.
India, however, fares even worse, ranking 125th overall and 132nd on air quality.
Mohammad Darvish is on an often lonesome quest to elevate Iran's environmental IQ, even daring to oppose nuclear power. So far Iran's leaders are tolerating it.
As the American-born son of Nigerian parents, my deep love of red, white, and blue is balanced by an affinity for the green and white stripes of my ancestral homeland's flag. Like many others, I recognize that much of the post-colonial history of Nigeria, punctuated by episodes of inter-ethnic strife and frequent periods of military rule, has been a story of missed opportunities and unrealized potential. However, as the nation celebrates the 52nd anniversary of its independence from the United Kingdom, one of the things that troubles me most about the country's uneven path towards progress is the consequently precarious state of environmental stewardship within Nigeria's borders.
Environmental communications expert Keri Bolding argued that scientists should take an active role in promoting energy efficiency and sustainability in a Tuesday night talk at Kroon Hall. Bolding, the vice president of the nonprofit public relations firm Resource Media, discussed techniques of using scientific facts to persuade people to make environmentally conscious decisions before a crowd of roughly 40 students, professors and community members.
China has achieved miraculous economic growth over the past 30 years to become the world's second largest single-country economy. Since the introduction of market-oriented reforms began in 1979, economic growth has been the central task of the Chinese government. Economic performance is even linked to career advancement. Incentivized by both financial rewards and political futures, policy makers have a vested interested in growing the economy.