President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate accord Thursday, an action that threatens to divide the United States from its allies. The agreement was one of the signature achievements of President Barack Obama.
Many world leaders have expressed concern over Trump’s intentions, which he made clear during the 2016 presidential campaign. The president believes that if the United States participates in the climate agreement, the accord will hurt the economy and limit job creation, particularly in areas such as Appalachia and the West that generate energy-related jobs.
In light of the announcement, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed environmental performance by country from Yale University’s 2016 Environmental Performance Index. Unsafe water and poor air quality were responsible for a combined 6.8 million deaths worldwide in 2013, or more than one in every 10 preventable deaths.
While most of these environmental deaths likely occurred in the poorest parts of the world, the relationship between a country’s wealth and its environmental stewardship is more complex. Each nation has different priorities in protecting against both short-term environmental risks like water and air pollution, and long-term threats to biodiversity and the climate.