Global green index dubbed "grossly misleading"

NGO attacks "fundamental flaws" in Wef's 2002 environmental sustainability classification

Environmental group Friends of the Earth (FoE) has issued a scathing attack on the World economic forum (Wef)'s 2002 environmental sustainability index (ESI), released on Monday at the Davos meeting of world business leaders in New York. By placing rich countries at the top of the list, the index effectively promotes the "deeply unsustainable growth model" of developed countries, said the group.

In the index, Finland gets top billing, followed by Norway, Sweden, Canada and Switzerland. Marks are based on 68 variables, ranging from air and water quality to child mortality, and from greenhouse gas emissions to institutionalised corruption. In all, 142 countries are listed. About 50 were excluded due to insufficient data.

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