Sweden doing most to fight global warming, Saudi Arabia the least
November 13, 2006
"If climate change protection were an Olympic Discipline, no country would make it to the medal ranks", said Matthias Duwe, Director of Climate Action Europe, one of the groups behind the 2007 Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI).
The index, which ranks 56 countries that were part of a 1992 climate treaty or contribute at least 1 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, took into account emissions trends, emissions levels and climate policy.
Emissions levels (30%): Carbon dioxide per primary energy unit, prim,ary energy unit per GDP, and primary energy unit per capita
Climate policy: (20%): National and international climate policy
According to Reuters, Monday White House spokesman Tony Snow claimed that President Bush "has made dealing with climate change a priority for this administration."
Highest ranked countries
Lowest ranked countries
Scientists say that rising greenhouse gas emissions are at least partly responsible for a 1-degree rise in average global temperatures over the past century. Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide levels now stand at the highest level in 650,000 years and are more than 35 percent higher than at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Scientists have warned that Earth may be on the brink of catastrophic climate change that could affect ocean currents, weather, precipitation, and sea levels.