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Which Countries Are Greenest?

China is #1! They totally beat the USA! Though admittedly the honor is a tad dubious. A study out next month shows that China has usurped the US as the new "top carbon polluter." They knocked the US off that smoggy throne with unchecked growth that stunned even the team of researchers who admit that they probably have even underestimated the levels. The findings also suggest that unless China is reigned in, their wild emissions will wipe out all advances by countries participating in the Kyoto Protocol.

Our brand new Newsweek just arrived but as I was finishing up with last week's eco-issue at the gym last night, I found this hot at-a-glance way to see how the world stacks up, ecologically speaking. It's a map and a chart! Both! My favorites. According to their index of environmental performance for 2008, Sweden is the greenest of them all. (Maybe it's all those flat-packs from Ikea?) The Scandinavian country well bested the US who limped in in 66th place.

To see how China's emissions have exploded beyond all expectations,


Do these finding surprise you? Will the US ever catch up with eco-darlings like Costa Rica and its 9th place finish? Are you mad that China is wrecking the air for everyone, or do you think unless you come from a green country it's best not to throw stones?
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