The U.S. has the world's 43rd-best climate policy

There's a lot of room for improvement

By Lindsay Abrams

Published November 20, 2013 3:06PM (EST)


Climate Action Network Europe and Germanwatch are out with their annual Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI), which evaluates the effectiveness of climate action taken by the 58 countries responsible for over 90 percent of global energy-related CO2 emissions. Here's how the ten worst emitters rank in their efforts to do something about it:

The U.S. gets props for an 8 percent reduction in emissions over the past five years, but according to the report, wasn't progressive enough in our policies to warrant a jump in the rankings. We look great, though, in comparison to Canada, which "still shows no intention of moving forward with climate policy and therefore remains the worst performer of all industrialized countries."

Denmark, due to its "exceptional policy evaluation," ranked highest, but no country can consider itself a winner: the report leaves first, second and third place open in recognition of the fact that "no single country is on track to prevent dangerous climate change."

h/t Climate Desk

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