New study ranks countries on environment impact

A study headed by the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute has ranked almost all of the world’s countries.

The research uses seven indicators of environmental degradation to form two positions – a proportional environmental impact index, where impact is measured against total resource accessibility, and a complete environmental effect index measuring total environmental degradation at a global scale.Led by the Environment Institute’s Manager of Ecological Modelling Professor Corey Bradshaw, the analysis has been published in the on-line, peer-reviewed science journal PLoS ONE.

The world’s 10 worst environmental performers according to the proportional environmental impact index (relative to source availability) are: Singapore, Korea, Qatar, Kuwait, Japan, Thailand, Bahrain, Malaysia, Philippines and Netherlands.The indicators used were natural forest loss, habitat conversion, fisheries and other marine captures, fertiliser use, water pollution, carbon emissions from land use and species hazard.”The ecological disasters currently gripping the planet are the corollary of excess human consumption of natural resources,” said Professor Bradshaw.

“There’s mounting and considerable evidence that elevated reduction and degradation of species and habitats are sabotaging ecosystems that sustain the quality of life for countless people globally.”Professor Bradshaw explained these indices were comprehensive and robust and, unlike existing positions avoided including health and economic data – measuring environmental effect only