According to the recently released Environmental Performance Index (EPI) for 2012, the top ten "greenest" countries in the world include: Switzerland, Latvia, Norway, Luxembourg, Costa Rica, France, Austria, Italy, UK and Sweden.
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COMMENT: The United States was noteworthy as a developed country with a poor ranking, although since 2010 the U.S. has moved up in its ranking -it was in 60th place- and now stands at 49th place.
Experts who conducted the research expressed concern about poor results for water resources and the effects on ecosystems and greenhouse-gas emissions implicated in climate change and urban air pollution.
At the bottom of the list, countries with the worst environmental records are Kuwait, Yemen, South Africa, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iraq.