The 2010 Environmental Performance Index is out and Canada has placed 46th out of 163 countries assessed. The United States came in at 61st. Most of Europe placed in the top 20. The top 4 slots went to Iceland, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Sweden.
Here's how the good folks at Yale describe their index: "The 2010 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks 163 countries on 25 performance indicators tracked across ten policy categories covering both environmental public health and ecosystem vitality. These indicators provide a gauge at a national government scale of how close countries are to established environmental policy goals."
As an indicator of just how well the Harper government is doing on the environment, on the 2006 EPI, Canada was ranked 8th best overall. In 2008 we slipped to 12th. Now we've plummeted to 46th. And don't buy any of that "cold country" nonsense either. Four of the top five spots were claimed by the Nordic states.
Way to go Steve!