Ministry rejects low score on green health

The Union Environment Ministry has dismissed as “arbitrary” and “unscientific” a 2017 World Economic Forum-ranking that placed India at the bottom in terms of environment performance.

The January report ranked India 177 out of 180 countries on the Environmental Performance Index 2018. India slipped 36 points from 141 in the 2016 report, prepared by Yale and Columbia Universities along with the WEF.

India’s low ranking — 177 among 180 countries — was linked to poor performance in the environment health policy and deaths due to air pollution categories.

However, in a reply to the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Mahesh Sharma attributed India’s decline to a change in parameters between two editions of the report.

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