2000 Pilot Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI)Entry ID: CIESIN_SEDAC_ESI_2000
Abstract: The 2000 Pilot Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI) is an exploratory effort to construct an index that measures the ability of a nation's economy to achieve sustainable development, with the long term goal of finding a single indicator for environmental sustainability analagous to that of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The index covering 56 countries is a composite measure of the current ... status of a nation's environmental systems, pressures on those systems, human vulnerability to environmental change, national capacity to respond, and contributions to global environmental stewardship. The index was unveiled at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting, January 2000, Davos, Switzerland. The 2000 Pilot ESI is the result of collaboration among the World Economic Forum (WEF), Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP), and the Columbia University Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN).
The report of the methodologies and the results in Portable Document Format (PDF) are available from the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC).
Purpose: To test the feasibility of creating a comparative index of national-level environmental sustainability.
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Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: (573) 876-1871
Fax: (573) 876-1896
Email: James_Fairchild at usgs.gov
U.S. Geological Survey Biological Resources Division 4200 New Haven Road
Province or State: Missouri
Postal Code: 65201
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: (301) 614-6898
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at nasa.gov
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Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Columbia
Environmental Research Center (formerly known as Environmental and
Contaminants Research Center) James F. Fairchild, D. Shane Ruessler
and A. Ron Carlson. 1998. Comparative Sensitivity of Five Species of
Macrophytes and Six Species of Algae to Atrazine, Metribuzin,
Alachlor, and Metolachlor. Environmental Toxicology and
Chemistry. Vol. 17, No. 9 pp. 1830-1840.
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2000-04-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2005-03-11
Future DIF Review Date: 2001-04-01