I thought that probably the U.S. would have the largest negative impact on the environment, seeing as we have such a knack for consumption, but after reading this peer reviewed scientific article I found some interesting answers. It seems that if you are looking at absolute impact (total impact regardless of per-capita impact) than the U.S. is ranked 2nd behind Brazil, with China holding down #3. If you look at proportional impact (per capita), Singapore, Korea, and Qatar are among the top three with the U.S. surprisingly further down the list. These statistics are measured “based on natural forest loss, habitat conversion, marine captures, fertilizer use, water pollution, carbon emissions and species threat.” Im sure that different methods of data collection would offer different results but this article is pretty thorough and informative if you’re interested in a lengthy and somewhat dry read (maybe save it for a rainy day).
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