India Lowest Rank: In terms of environmental performance, India ranks lowest among 180 countries in an index of US-based institutions. Denmark topped the recently published 2022 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) by the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network. After this, Britain and Finland have got the place. These countries got the highest marks for reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in recent years.
The EPI provides a data-based summary of the state of sustainability around the world. The EPI scores 180 countries based on climate change performance, environmental health and ecosystem status using 40 performance indicators across 11 categories.
Where are the countries of the world
The report said that India (18.9), Myanmar (19.4), Vietnam (20.1), Bangladesh (23.1) and Pakistan (24.6) got the lowest marks. Most of the low-scoring countries have prioritized economic growth over stability or are facing unrest and other crises. It said that with increasingly dangerous air quality and rapidly rising greenhouse gas emissions, India has slipped to the bottom of the ranking for the first time. China is ranked 161st with 28.4 points. Researchers claim that despite recent promises to curb emissions growth, China and India are projected to become the largest and second largest emitters of greenhouse gases in 2050.
Only Denmark and Britain have saved the shame
The US is ranked 20th out of the 22 wealthiest democracies in the West and 43rd in the overall list. The EPI report said that the relatively low ranking is due to the retreat from environmental protection measures during the administration of former US President Donald Trump. Greenhouse gas reduction levels are set to be reached.
Russia ranks 112th in this list
Greenhouse gas emissions are increasing rapidly in major countries like China, India and Russia and many other countries are moving in the wrong direction. EPI projections indicate that if current trends continue, only four countries – China, India, the US and Russia – will be responsible for more than 50 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions in 2050.