US and Brazil ranked Worst Environmental Impact Offenders
In a recent study by University of Adelaide's Environment Institute in Australia, two rankings were developed based on seven indicators; the subsequent results were used to rate countries’ environmental impact. The two ranking were absolute environmental degradation and impact against the total resources available to a country. Economic data and data on human health were not used in determining the findings.
The seven indicators used to create the rankings were habitat conversion (wherein land is converted to commercial or residential use, reducing natural habitats), natural forest loss, water pollution levels, use of fertilizer, species threat, carbon emissions from land use, and use of fisheries.
The two worst environmental offenders based on the seven evaluated factors were the United states and Brazil, while Singapore and Korea ranked first and second when evaluated on environmental impact. The study, published by the University of Adelaide, provided more research and in depth analysis on specific countries' impact on the environment, research which strongly suggests the United States should put environmental policy at the top of the political agenda.