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The 2005 Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI)

The ESI is a composite index tracking 21 indicators, including natural resources, pollution levels, and environmental management efforts, that characterize and influence environmental sustainability on a national scale. The United States ranks 45th. This high-middle ranking reflects high performance on issues such as water quality and environmental protection capacity and low performance on other issues, such as waste generation and greenhouse gas emissions.

  1. Finland
  2. Norway
  3. Uruguay
  4. Sweden
  5. Iceland
  6. Canada
  7. Switzerland
  8. Guyana
  9. Argentina
  10. Austria
  11. Brazil
  12. Gabon
  13. Australia
  14. New Zealand
  15. Latvia
  16. Peru
  17. Paraguay
  18. Costa Rica
  19. Croatia
  20. Bolivia
  21. Ireland
  22. Lithuania
  23. Colombia
  24. Albania
  25. Central African Republic
  26. Denmark
  27. Estonia
  28. Panama
  29. Slovenia
  30. Japan
  31. Germany
  32. Namibia
  33. Russia
  34. Botswana
  35. Papua New Guinea
  36. France
  37. Portugal
  38. Malaysia
  39. Congo
  40. Netherlands
  41. Mali
  42. Chile
  43. Bhutan
  44. Armenia
  45. United States
  46. Myanmar
  47. Belarus
  48. Slovakia
  49. Ghana
  1. Cameroon
  2. Ecuador
  3. Laos
  4. Cuba
  5. Hungary
  6. Tunisia
  7. Georgia
  8. Uganda
  9. Moldova
  10. Senegal
  11. Zambia
  12. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  13. Israel
  14. Tanzania
  15. Madagascar
  16. United Kingdom
  17. Nicaragua
  18. Greece
  19. Cambodia
  20. Italy
  21. Bulgaria
  22. Mongolia
  23. Gambia
  24. Thailand
  25. Malawi
  26. Indonesia
  27. Spain
  28. Guinea-Bissau
  29. Kazakhstan
  30. Sri Lanka
  31. Kyrgyzstan
  32. Guinea
  33. Venezuela
  34. Oman
  35. Jordan
  36. Nepal
  37. Benin
  38. Honduras
  39. Côte d'Ivoire
  40. Serbia and Montenegro
  41. Macedonia
  42. Turkey
  43. Czech Republic
  44. South Africa
  45. Romania
  46. Mexico
  47. Algeria
  48. Burkina Faso
  49. Nigeria
  1. Azerbaijan
  2. Kenya
  3. India
  4. Poland
  5. Niger
  6. Chad
  7. Morocco
  8. Rwanda
  9. Mozambique
  10. Ukraine
  11. Jamaica
  12. United Arab Emirates
  13. Togo
  14. Belgium
  15. Dem. Rep. Congo
  16. Bangladesh
  17. Egypt
  18. Guatemala
  19. Syria
  20. El Salvador
  21. Dominican Rep.
  22. Sierra Leone
  23. Liberia
  24. South Korea
  25. Angola
  26. Mauritania
  27. Philippines
  28. Libya
  29. Vietnam
  30. Zimbabwe
  31. Lebanon
  32. Burundi
  33. Pakistan
  34. Iran
  35. China
  36. Tajikistan
  37. Ethiopia
  38. Saudi Arabia
  39. Yemen
  40. Kuwait
  41. Trinidad and Tobago
  42. Sudan
  43. Haiti
  44. Uzbekistan
  45. Iraq
  46. Turkmenistan
  47. Taiwan
  48. North Korea
Source: Esty, Daniel C., Marc Levy, Tanja Srebotnjak, and Alexander de Sherbinin (2005). 2005 Environmental Sustainability Index: Benchmarking National Environmental Stewardship. New Haven: Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy. www.yale.edu/esi .

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