The U.S. is the most environmentally sustainable country in the world, except all the others

A bit of optimism to end your week. Wait. Not optimism. The other thing.

National Geographic conducted its inaugural Greendex survey in January 2008. That first Greendex survey of 14 countries around the world ranked average consumers in those countries according to the environmental sustainability of their behavior. National Geographic replicated these studies in 2009, 2010 and now again in 2012 to track progress or the lack thereof. Consistently, consumers in the large developing economies of Brazil, India and China have scored highest, while Canadians and Americans, with their relatively massive environmental footprints as individuals, have scored lowest.

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