Wed, Jan 25, 2006 - Page 2 News List

Taiwan beats US in environmental report

NO. 24 WORLDWIDE The nation scored 79.1 percent compliance, slightly ahead of the US, but was rapped for a lack of progress on overfishing and farm chemicals

By Charles Snyder  /  STAFF REPORTER IN WASHINGTON

Between 1992 and 2000, the report shows, carbon dioxide emissions in Taiwan soared by 45 percent, making it one of the world's worst performers in this regard.

By contrast, the US' carbon dioxide emissions rose only 16 percent, and China's, despite its coal-burning plants that are a major source of the pollutants, rose only 5.6 percent.

Some of Taiwan's worst showings came in the area of overfishing, where it is blamed for making virtually no progress in fighting the problem. It also scores poorly in agricultural policy, in which it is seen as making only minor efforts to reduce the amount of farm chemicals polluting the water and inefficient farm practices contributing to waste.

By contrast, China handily beats out both Taiwan and the US in the natural resources indices, getting extremely high marks for managing timber harvests, agricultural pollution and overfishing.

Taiwan's contribution to renewable energy sources, the report indicates, are close to non-existent.

For the US, the score is not much better.

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