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Taking the Earth’s pulse: UBC scientists unveil a new economic and environmental index « UBC Public Affairs

February 22, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Reporter

“Singapore ranks worst out of 150 countries in terms of its environmental impact…

This is not very encouraging… But why is it so?  Is it our cars, bags, shoe collecting obsession or our oil refineries that tip the scale?”

A growing world population, mixed with the threat of climate change and mounting financial problems, has prompted University of British Columbia researchers to measure the overall ‘health’ of 150 countries around the world.

Encompassing both economic and ecological security, high-income countries were ranked among the least healthy overall. Many countries in South America performed well, offering future generations better financial, food, water, and energy security.

The top five performing countries are Bolivia, Angola, Namibia, Paraguay, and Argentina, while the bottom five performers are Jordan, the Republic of Korea, Israel, Kuwait, and Singapore.

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