07 Dec '11, 10pm

Which countries fail the most at climate leadership? #cop17

Which countries fail the most at climate leadership? #cop17

Sweden, the U.K., and Germany: The European trio leads the world in fighting climate change. That's the finding of the most recent Climate Change Performance Index [PDF], which was released yesterday at COP 17 in Durban . But Swedes, Brits, and Germans shouldn't cheer just yet; even their countries are not contributing their fair share. In fact, that is the most worrying result of the index: No country is doing enough to seriously fight climate change. Consequently, the report -- published by Germanwatch and Friends of the Earth Europe -- did not reward any country a ranking of 1-3. The countries ranked worst this year are Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Kazakhstan. What about the United States? In comparison to 2010, the U.S. has climbed up two ranks, mainly due to emission reductions from the recession and increased renewable energy capacity. However, given still-high emissions ...

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