U.S. Lags in Environmental Performance U.S. Lags in Environmental Performance
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U.S. Lags in Environmental Performance

by Ben Jervey

January 30, 2010
A biannual ranking of the world's nations by environmental performance has revealed the United States to be lagging far behind most of the developed world. And while this isn't exactly breaking news to anyone paying any attention to our nation's environmental and climate policies for the past couple decades, our rank–61st globally–is eye-opening.Based on research from Columbia and Yale Universities, the Environmental Performance IndexEPI or check out the Times' coverage.Map: Environmental Performance Index This post originally appeared on www.refresheverything.com, as part of GOOD's collaboration with the Pepsi Refresh Project, a catalyst for world-changing ideas. Find out more about the Refresh campaign, or to submit your own idea today.

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Ben is a writer and editor covering climate change, energy, and environment, and is currently the Climate and Energy Media Fellow at Vermont Law School. He was the original Environment Editor at GOOD Magazine and his work has appeared regularly in National Geographic News, Grist, DeSmogBlog, and OnEarth. He recently worked with the non-profit Focus the Nation to publish an Energy 101 primer. When living in New York City, he wrote a book, The Big Green Apple, on how to live a lower impact life in the city. A bicycle enthusiast, Ben has ridden across the United States and through much of Europe.
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