A new international ranking of environmental performance puts the United States at the bottom of the Group of 8 industrialized nations and 39th among the 149 countries on the list…
The United States, with a score of 81.0, he noted, â€œis slipping down,â€? both because of low scores on three different analyses of greenhouse gas emissions and a pervasive problem with smog. The countryâ€™s performance on a new indicator that measures regional smog, he said, â€œis at the bottom of the world right now.â€?
He added, â€œThe U.S. continues to have a bottom-tier performance in greenhouse gas emissions.â€?
But there’s good news, too. We’re not as bad as the Belgians.
Belgium (78.4) continued to rank near the bottom of the 28 European nations.
â€œBelgium remains a shock,â€? said Professor Esty, who said the heavily industrialized country, riven by centuries-old ethnic quarrels, was 57th among the 149 nations. â€œOf those ahead of them, only 10 are richer,â€? he added.