My friend Ian tipped me off to the new 2006 Environmental Performance Index, in which Taiwan seems to have done well. Last year’s Index was a spectacularly bad job. This year does not seem to have seen any improvement.

The report once again ranked The Beautiful Isle 24th in the world.

1 New Zealand 88.0
2 Sweden 87.8
3 Finland 87.0
4 Czech Rep 86.0
5 Unit Kingdom 85.6
6 Austria 85.2
7 Denmark 84.2
8 Canada 84.0
9 Malaysia 83.3
10 Ireland 83.3
11 Portugal 82.9
12 France 82.5
13 Iceland 82.1
14 Japan 81.9
15 Costa Rica 81.6
16 Switzerland 81.4
17 Colombia 80.4
18 Norway 80.2
19 Greece 80.2
20 Australia 80.1
21 Italy 79.8
22 Germany 79.4
23 Spain 79.2
24 Taiwan 79.1

The US ranked 28th. The report remains as clueless about Taiwan as last year and the methodology and definitions do not seem to have undergone any major changes, so rather than repost, you can review what I wrote in my previous analysis of this.