India’s Rejection of Global Environment Report ‘Perilous’

Environmental News from India: 

The principal investigator of a key environmental report that ranked India as the least environmentally sustainable country in the world has criticized the country’s dismissal of the findings.

Reacting to India’s rejection of the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) 2022, Martin Wolf said that “flatly rejecting data that underscores the severity of environmental issues is unproductive and perilous.” He urged policymakers instead to use the findings to put the country back on track to a more sustainable future.

The EPI 2022 report, produced by Yale and Columbia universities and released on World Environment Day (5 June), assessed and ranked 180 countries on 40 performance indicators covering climate change, environmental public health, and ecosystem vitality.

India ranked last in the report and was categorized as the least environmentally sustainable country. Its close neighbors—Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Pakistan—have all scored better than India.

The indicators provide a gauge at a national scale of how close countries are to established environmental policy targets. A brief about the report on Yale University’s website offers a scorecard that highlights “leaders and laggards” in environmental performance and provides practical guidance for countries that aspire to move toward a sustainable future.

According to the EPI report summary, high-scoring countries exhibit longstanding and continuing investments in policies that protect environmental health, preserve biodiversity and habitat, conserve natural resources, and decoupling greenhouse gas emissions from economic growth.

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