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Air quality around the world is plummeting, according to the latest version of an annual report, issued at the Davos Summit over the weekend. Produced by researchers at Yale and Columbia universities, the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks performance in key environmental areas on a per-country basis. It breaks down these issues into two broad policy areas: detection of human health from environmental harm and protection of ecosystems. It then ranks each nation based on their overall performance.
Iran ranks as first country in the world for wasting water resources, head of Environmental Protection Organization Massoumeh Ebtekar said, Mehr news agency reported on Jan. 9.
Forestry subsidises a parasitic green bureaucracy whose aims are to strangle productivity and maximise hectares in mismanaged reserves. Sixteen percent of Australia’s forests are in nature reserves but we rank only 123rd in the world on Yale University’s Environmental Performance Index.


The head of Iran's Department of the Environment says Iran has fallen 63 spots in the Environmental Performance Index in recent years.
A recent paper for Psychological Science makes the case that older countries are more concerned about environmental sustainability, arguing that "citizens may use perceptions of their country’s age to predict its future continuation, with longer pasts predicting longer futures.” In other words, if your country has been around for a long time, you probably think it will continue to be around for a lot longer, and therefore care more about protecting its environment.
Looking back on a nation's past can prompt action that leads to a greener future, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
Iran has established a national fund on environmental issues, Mehr news agency reported on Nov. 12. Establishing the National Environmental Fund, which is planned to finance environmental activities and green industries, was among the priorities of President Hassan Rouhani`s administration.
Spending four months in India as an American scholar concerned about global environmental issues, it was enlightening to see what Indian companies are doing to put themselves on apath toward sustainable growth. Based in Pune, conversations with people in large and small companies yielded surprising results. To be honest, India's global image on environmental issues is not a great one
It's almost never an advantage to be at the bottom. When the UN issues its Human Development Index, Niger doesn't issue a press release to promote its status as #186 (tied with the Democratic Republic of Congo). Nor does Russia champion its achievement of the lowest ranking in the Environmental Performance Index.
A high-level conference has heard how New Zealand is failing in key environmental areas at a time when our 100 per cent pure brand is under fresh scrutiny overseas.
Beating even China for its poor air quality, India’s air was dubbed the dirtiest in the world by in the 2012 Environmental Performance Index.

Over the last decade, India’s strong growth has increased employment opportunities and allowed millions to emerge from poverty.

 

India’s remarkable growth record, however, has been clouded by a degrading environment and growing scarcity of natural resources. Mirroring the size and diversity of its economy, environmental risks are wide ranging and are driven by both prosperity and poverty.

 

In a recent survey of 132 countries whose environments were surveyed, India ranked 126th overall and last in the ‘Air Pollution (effects on human health)’ ranking.

 

The annual study, the Environmental Performance Index, is conducted and written by environmental research centers at Yale and Columbia universities with assistance from dozens of outside scientists.

 

Big Data has emerged as a game-changing presence in commerce and politics. What used to be the vast and unknown cosmos of individual behavior and preferences can now be parsed for patterns and trends to aid in decision-making. Where policies used to be based on gut-checks and intuition, Big Data is now being translated into decisions that result in great profit, political gain, or, according its more sanguine proponents, to save the world. But forests don't tweet, and whales don't shop on Amazon. So what does Big Data mean for the environment and sustainability?

Using this data, we can compare Canada’s performance with peer countries. Among the most widely respected and cited measures used in cross-country analysis of water quality is the Environmental Performance Index of Water Quality (EPI).

In recent decades, ambient levels of several different types of harmful air pollutants have fallen significantly in Canada’s urban centres, according to the report.

According to the internationally respected Environmental Performance Index (EPI), Canada is a world leader in this area.

Shale gas is a black hole for water, argue Asit Biswas and Julian Kirchherr in a paper, carried by Huffington Post. Exploiting the resource requires and pollutes massive amounts. And because of this water footprint, France in2011 banned hydraulic fracturing. Today, the United States’ water resources are diminishing according to 2012 Yale Environmental Performance Index (EPI). Exploiting shale gas may exacerbate these problems, Biswas and Kirchherr underline.

[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).

He added that such government initiatives had earned the country a high ranking as a strong environmental performer in the 2012 Environmental Performance Index Report of Yale and Columbia Universities. The Philippines ranked 42 out of 132 countries and outperformed South Korea, Australia, Singapore and the United States, Ignacio said.

As one of the ecological “antileaders” of Europe, Ukraine has a sad situation: dozens of large industrial companies work with outdated equipment lacking environmental safety controls. Managers at some of these companies say that they have already started to invest money for modernization, but the latest statistics show that things are getting worse.
As biologist Norman Yan of York University noted at the panel, according to the 2010 Environmental Performance Index published by Yale University, Canada has slipped about 25 positions in the past five years in terms of its environmental protection and performance and is on track to slip below another 25 to 30 nations in the next five years. Canada is now on the level of Mexico and Brazil in terms of lax eco-protection, and is doing worse than every European nation.



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