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 worst drought to affect South Africa in the last century is further damaging the economic strength of the county's sugar sector. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, South Africa is expected to harvest 1.75 million metric tons of sugar during the 2015/2016 marketing year, a decrease of 20 percent from the previous marketing year and the lowest marketed-yield since 1995. Sugar producers are already grappling with competition from cheap imports, forcing some mills to remain closed and reducing employment in the sector.Note: Precipitation amounts less than 0.5 mm have been replaced with "0" values.
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
Each country is compared in a breakdown of statistics of its use of fossil fuels, renewable energies and capacity, total energy, clean energy investment, and performance in the Greendex.