These Rankings Reveal How Your Country Is Doing In The Fight Against Climate Change

Bad news if you're from Australia. structuresxx/Shutterstock

As it stands, the Paris agreement has been ratified by 111 parties, representing 77 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions. So how is each country doing when it comes to saving the world?

As reported by the Guardian, an assessment of 58 of them – led by advocacy collectives Climate Action Network Europe and Germanwatch – found that it’s pretty bad news if you happen to live in Australia. The desert continent comes in at number 59, just above Kazakhstan.

This places it in the “very poor” category, along with Russia, which is at 53. The US is currently number 34 (“poor”), India is number 25 (“moderate”), France is number 8 and the UK is at number 5 (“good”).

The rankings were based on each country’s current emissions levels, how they have changed over time, their use of renewables, their energy efficiency, and their current climate policy. They can be seen in full here.

The top 10 highest-scoring nations are as follows (note: As in all past editions, places 1 to 3 are empty because, again, no country has done enough to prevent the dangerous impacts of climate change):

4 – Denmark

5 – United Kingdom

6 – Sweden

7 – Belgium

8 – France

9 – Cyprus

10 – Morocco

11 – Italy

12 – Ireland

13 – Luxembourg

The top 10 lowest-scoring nations, are as follows:

1 – Saudi Arabia

2 – Kazakhstan

3 – Australia

4 – Japan

5 – South Korea

6 – Canada

7 – Singapore

8 – Iran

9 – Russia

10 – Taiwan

The new Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) rankings for 2016. Europe is doing better than most. CAN/Germanwatch

As a major player in world affairs, Australia really should be doing more to send out an environmental message. Although its Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull just last week announced that the federal government has formally ratified the Paris agreement, the ruling government seems to be pretty lackadaisical when it comes to climate change.

The PM’s Liberal Party has previously shown hostility towards emissions-cutting targets and renewable energy investments. Its recently deposed leader, Tony Abbott, implied in an interview that environmentalism could lead to socialism.

The report points out that “To enter the pathway to decarbonisation, it is crucial to phase out coal as the dirtiest energy source.” Australia, which is still heavily investing in digging up coal, sticks out like a sore thumb in this regard.

On the other hand, European nations are actively eschewing it. In fact, plenty of major nations across the world have begun ditching coal, as have insurance companies, conglomerates, and even some fossil fuel industry figureheads themselves. As renewables become cheaper and more commonplace, the expense and risks of coal are simply not worth the time and effort anymore for many.

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