A new index ranks nations from best to worst on their efforts to combat climate change. The top ten on this list are comprised exclusively of European countries. It is interesting to note that some of the nations near the bottom of this list (Australia, Canada, Japan and China) are also responsible for derailing progress at the most recent COP 19 climate negotiations in Warsaw.
The list of 58 countries is called the Climate Change Performance Index [PDF], it is produced by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe. The
rankings are based on countries greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, emissions-reduction efforts, energy efficiency, renewable energy portfolios, and policies aimed at slowing climate change.
Here are the top ten:
2. United Kingdom
Here are the worst ten:
58. Saudi Arabia
The United States was near the bottom of the list ranked at number 40 although as noted in the report the US did reduce GHG emissions by 8 percent over the last five years due to the Obama administrations progressive stance on transportation and coal.
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