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Denmark tops countries in addressing climate change

The country is followed by Sweden and Chile. Iran is at the bottom of the list behind Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan

RH Desk
November 15

Denmark followed by Sweden and Chile are three countries topping the new ranking of how well countries are doing in addressing climate change. This has been revealed in the annual Climate Change Performance Index published by NewClimate Institute and Germanwatch.

The report was released in the United Nations climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt on Monday.

The index significantly leaves the first three places empty on the grounds that no country is on track to halve its emissions by 2025 compared to 1990 levels, a news report said.

Of the 63 countries reviewed, Iran came last, below Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan. India was ranked eighth because of its low emissions and growing use of renewable power.

The European Union came 19th, while the United States trailed in 52nd place, though both improved on last year’s assessment. China, which is now the world’s biggest polluter, was in 51st place after falling down the list due to plans for new coal-fired power plants.

Egypt, the host this year’s U.N. climate conference, supports a “just transition” from coal to renewable energy, the country’s climate change champion said.

India made an unexpected proposal over the weekend for this year’s climate talks to end with a call for a phase-down of all fossil fuels.

The idea is likely to get strong pushback from oil and gas-exporting nations, including the United States, which promotes natural gas as a clean ‘bridge fuel’ to renewables.

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