India slips to bottom on global environment performance index 2018


India slips to bottom on global environment performance index 2018

Unable to improve its air quality, protect its biodiversity, and cut its greenhouse gas emissions, India – say all available data — stands today at the bottom of the Global Environment Performance Index (EPI) rankings. In 2016, the country had ranked 141 out of 180 countries. In 2018, according to the just released State of India’s Environment (SoE) 2018 in Figures, it has slipped to the 177th position.

The SoE in Figures is an annual compendium of environmental statistics put together by Down To Earth magazine, which Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) helps publish. Said Sunita Narain, director general, CSE: “The State of India’s Environment 2018 in Figures is a quantified statement on issues and concerns of environment and development – issues and concerns which affect us deeply.

While our other annual State of India’s Environment in print is a descriptive report, this one is a completely data-driven version for easy access and use.”

What does the SoE in Figures say about key environmental parameters

• The state of our air: India scored 5.75 out of 100 in air quality. India’s disappointing performance and the gravity of the situation is further highlighted when compared with countries such as Switzerland and Japan which have scored over 90. Read More

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