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Report: The best (and worst) performing countries for climate action, 2020

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The United States and Saudi Arabia are among the worst-performing countries for climate action, that’s according to a new report. US ranked 61st out of 61 countries worldwide for its adoption of climate change goals, followed by Saudi Arabia and Australia.

Sweden is the highest rated country on the list, followed by Denmark, Morocco, and the United Kingdom. The Climate Change Performance Index measures the greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy, energy use, and climate policies of 57 countries and the European Union.

In Asia, India (9) was the only country to receive a “high” rating. India has, in fact, improved its ranking from 11th last year to 9th this year. China, the world’s largest single emitter, was found to have taken “medium action” due to its high investment in renewables.

Sweden officially comes in at 4th place, with the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) deciding not to include any countries in the top three placings on the list as no country has fulfilled the requirements to keep global warming temperature increases below 2°C.

  1. Sweden: 75.77
  2. Denmark: 71.14
  3. Morocco: 70.63
  4. United Kingdom: 69.80
  5. Lithuania: 66.22
  6. India: 66.02
  7. Finland: 63.25
  8. Chile: 62.88
  9. Norway: 61.14
  10. Luxembourg: 60.91
  11. Malta: 60.76
  12. Latvia: 60.751
  13. Switzerland: 60.61
  14. Ukraine: 60.60
  15. France: 57. 9 0
  16. Egypt: 57. 5 3
  17. Croatia: 56.97
  18. Brazil: 55.82
  19. European Union: 55.82
  20. Germany: 55.78
  21. Romania: 54.85
  22. Portugal: 54.10
  23. Italy: 53.92
  24. Slovak Republic52.69
  25. Greece: 52.59
  26. Netherlands: 50.89
  27. China: 48.16
  28. Estonia: 48.05
  29. Mexico: 47.01
  30. Thailand: 46.76
  31. Spain: 46.03
  32. Belgium: 45.73
  33. South Africa: 45.67
  34. New Zealand: 45.67
  35. Austria: 44.74
  36. Indonesia: 44.65
  37. Belarus: 44.18
  38. Ireland: 44.04
  39. Argentina: 43.77
  40. Czech Republic: 42.93
  41. Slovenia: 41.91
  42. Cyprus: 41.66
  43. Algeria: 41.45
  44. Hungary: 41.17
  45. Turkey: 40.76
  46. Bulgaria: 40.12
  47. Poland: 39.98
  48. Japan39.03
  49. Russia: 37. 85
  50. Malaysia: 34.21
  51. Kazakhstan: 33.39
  52. Canada: 31.01
  53. Australia: 30.75
  54. Iran: 28.41
  55. South Korea: 26.75
  56. Taiwan: 23.33
  57. Saudi Arabia: 22.03
  58. United States: 18.60

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