As per the study conducted by Yale University on environment performance, Switzerland, Latvia and Norway came up as the strongest performers and Iraq, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan emerged as the weakest performers, for the year 2012. EPI ranks countries based on various indicators, covering environment, human health, ecosystem vitality etc. As seen from the graph, ( EPI Vs GDP per capita), the top performers, come from European countries with high per capita income levels ( with the exception of Costa Rica, Rank 5, a middle income country, investing heavily into ecosystem based development). Developing countries and low income countries, on an average, fared poorly due to lack of basic infrastructure like access to safe drinking water, poor sanitation and environmental burden of disease. The study triggered various policy measures across the globe like “Going Green Initiative” adopted by companies in India, investments in safe drinking water and modern sanitation techniques taken up by some of the developing economies, and a check on carbon emissions by airline and other automobile industries.
The current state standards for drinking water in the United States do not take into account the harmful impurities that have appeared in it, such as metals and chemicals. "Today, thousands of toxic substances, organic and inorganic, enter the house of every American through the water supply system", - summarizes Philip Hart, a Senator from Michigan. That's why in the US bottles of spring water are sold in each grocery store, and all machines have long been accustomed to the machines that sell it.
Air pollution occurs when chemical, physical or biological substances alter the natural characteristics of the atmosphere, potentially leading to respiratory and other diseases that can be lethal. Home furnaces, automobiles, industrial plants, and forest fires are the main sources of air pollution worldwide.Among the pollutants of greatest public health concern are particulate matter-including some forms of smoke, soot, dust, salt, acids, and metals - carbon monoxide, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide. Not all air pollution is manmade. Natural weather events, such as hurricanes, can also significantly deteriorate air quality, for...
The calculation of the Ocean Health Index for 2014 represents the first year that the Ocean Health Index has calculated a score for the entire global ocean. This year, Antarctica and the Southern Ocean along with the High Seas or Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) (15 regions as defined by the Food and Agriculture Organization) were also assessed. 1) The highest scoring goals and subgoals were Habitats (91), Biodiversity 83 and Economies & Livelihoods (82). 2) The lowest scoring goals were Tourism & Recreation (44), Food Production (51) and Natural Products (53).
June 27, 2012 This is a list of weather records, a list of the most extreme occurrences of temperatures across the globe. To access detailed data, Click here... Click on any country in the map to see the specific data about the country. Source: Wikipedia