India ranked 177 just above Bangladesh (179) in a biennial report by Yale and Columbia Universities along with World Economic Forum
According to the report, India is among the bottom five countries on the Environmental Performance Index 2018, plummeting 36 points from 141 in 2016. While the country is at the bottom of the list, it ranks 178 out of 180 in air quality is concerned.
The ranking is based on the performance of the country, according to the environment health policy and deaths due to air pollution categories. The report also said that deaths attributed to ultra-fine PM2.5 pollutants have risen over the past decade and are estimated at 1,640,113 annually in India. Switzerland leads the world in sustainability, followed by France, Denmark, Malta and Sweden in the EPI, which found that air quality is the leading environmental threat to public health.
Overall, India (177) and Bangladesh (179) come in near the bottom of the rankings, with Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nepal rounding out the bottom five.