Falling behind

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Canada drops from 12th in 2008 to 43rd out of 163 countries, according to the 2010 Environmental Performance Index (EPI). The EPI relies on 25 performance indicators covering both environmental public health and ecosystem vitality.

It’s worth noting that Canada fares quite well on some indicators — in forestry and agricultural practices, notably. Surprisingly, considering our reputation as one of the worst water wasters in the world, Canada also nears the top in water. Sure we have access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. But our generous endowments in water ought not excuse us from more responsible conservation practices.

Less surprisingly, albeit a bit depressingly, we rank 151st on GHG emissions per capita. We also stink at fisheries protection (125 out 127).

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