Half the World Still Breathes Polluted Air: The Atlantic – City Lab

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 12.46.20 PM“Global leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week to jostle over whose economy is booming the most. But they’re also competing in a newer ranking: who takes the best care of their environment.

For the past 15 years, Yale and Columbia University researchers have been tracking what they call the Environmental Performance Index—a biennial, data-intensive ranking of how well 180 countries protect the health of their populations and ecosystems. Finland topped the list this year, followed by Nordic compatriots Iceland, Sweden, and Denmark. The bottom included weak and failing states like Somalia, Eritrea, Afghanistan. The U.S. clocked in at 26.

Overall, the EPI shows major improvements in worldwide access to safe water but paints a dire picture of air pollution: 3.5 billion people, more than half of humankind, live in areas where air pollution exceeds the safe level designated by the World Health Organization…” The Atlantic – City Lab. Read it on delhiair.org.

Half the World Still Breathes Polluted Air

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