Breathe free: India ranks 24th in Environment Democracy Index
BI India BureauMay 21, 2015, 06.03 PM
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Is India environmentally a developed nation? The first ever Environmental Democracy Index has the answer.
As per a Press Trust of India (PTI) news report, India has ranked 24th out of 70 countries in the index to understand the state of environmental democracy for countries around the world.
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According to the report, 93 per cent of the assessed countries have established the right to environmental information.
However, almost half of these countries (45 per cent) do not have strong protections to ensure that access to information is affordable and timely, it said.
The PTI report further says, nearly half (46 per cent) of the countries assessed do not provide any ambient air quality data online for their capital cities.
In 73 per cent of the countries, courts will hear environmental cases. But very few countries assessed have assistance for marginalized groups, the report said.
Only 14 per cent of the countries have legal mechanisms that help