July is the official start of campaign season in the U.S., with both major parties selecting their nominee for the highest office in the land. Across the Pacific, Shanghai’s been holding a little campaign of its own. This one isn’t fraught with plagiarized speeches or missing e-mails. No. This campaign is all about ethics and how to create a society based on the rule of law.
Two of America’s most prestigious universities, Yale and Columbia, have been collaborating since 2006 to produce the biannual global Environmental Performance Index (EPI). The EPI looks at “…how well countries perform on high-priority environmental issues in two broad policy areas: protection of human health from environmental harm and protection of ecosystems.” While this is an abbreviated portion of the entire scope of environmental protection, it does give practical information that states can use to improve their impact on the Earth. The 2016 version, released in late January at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, did just this.
Not surprisingly, China’s performance wasn’t so hot. Even more surprisingly, it wasn’t all that bad either.