Nepal fares badly on EPI

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jan 29, 2016-

Nepal continues to rank among the worst four performers in protecting the human health and environment due to degrading air quality. The latest Environment Performance Index (EPI) 2016 released this week at the World Economic Forum puts Nepal 177 among 180 countries in terms of air quality. 

India, China and Bangladesh are the only countries performing worse than Nepal in an effort to improve the dramatic decline in air quality—a leading cause of death worldwide—accounting for 5.5 million deaths in 2013. 

The EPI 2016 has ranked Nepal 149 among 180 countries, in overall performance. Finland is ranked on the top with Somalia in the bottom in EPI ranking released biennially.  

The previous EPI ranked Nepal at 139. 

The index, a Yale University-based initiative, measures national and global protection of ecosystems and human health from environmental harm, draws out trends and highlights data gaps in priority areas.

Published: 29-01-2016 08:40

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