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2008 Environmental Performance Index (EPI)Entry ID: CIESIN_SEDAC_EPI_2008
Abstract: The 2008 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) centers on two broad environmental protection objectives: (1) reducing environmental stresses on human health, and (2) promoting ecosystem vitality and sound natural resource management. Derived from a careful review of the environmental literature, these twin goals mirror the priorities expressed by policymakers. Environmental health and ecosystem ... vitality are gauged using 25 indicators tracked in six well-established policy categories: Environmental Health (Environmental Burden of Disease, Water, and Air Pollution), Air Pollution (effects on ecosystems), Water (effects on ecosystems), Biodiversity and Habitat, Productive Natural Resources (Forestry, Fisheries, and Agriculture), and Climate Change. The 2008 EPI utilizes a proximity-to-target methodology in which performance on each indicator is rated on a 0 to 100 scale (100 represents “at target”). By identifying specific targets and measuring how close each country comes to them, the EPI provides a foundation for policy analysis and a context for evaluating performance. Issue-by-issue and aggregate rankings facilitate cross-country comparisons both globally and within relevant peer groups. The 2008 EPI is the result of collaboration among the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP), Columbia University Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), World Economic Forum (WEF), and the Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission.
The report of the methodologies and the results, as well as the EPI, component scores, raw variable data for all countries in Microsoft Excel (XLS) and Portable Document (PDF) formats and maps in Portable Document Format (PDF) and Portable Network Graphics (PNG) formats are available from the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC).
Purpose: To provide quantitative metrics for evaluating a country's environmental performance in different policy categories relative to clearly defined targets.
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP)/Yale University, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)/Columbia University, World Economic Forum (WEF), and Joint Research Centre (JRC)/European Commission
Dataset Title: 2008 Environmental Performance Index (EPI)
Dataset Release Date: 2008
Dataset Release Place: New Haven, CT
Dataset Publisher: Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP)/Yale University
Data Presentation Form: document, tabularOnline Resource: http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/data/set/epi-environmental-perform...
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ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE > SURFACE AIR TEMPERATURE
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR > DEW POINT TEMPERATURE
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR > HUMIDITY
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR > WATER VAPOR
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WINDS > SURFACE WINDS
ATMOSPHERE > PRECIPITATION > PRECIPITATION AMOUNT
ATMOSPHERE > PRECIPITATION > RAIN
ATMOSPHERE > PRECIPITATION > SNOW
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