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Rejoice - Indians are happier, healthier - Happy Planet Index

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Source: Deccan Chronicle dated 29th July 2009

India ranked 35th among 143 nations

- Happy Planet Index (HPI)-Compiled by UK Based New Economics Foundation

- Basis: High life expectancy and ecological footprint - a measure which takes into account carbon emissions by individuals.

- This scenario indicates that even without destructive development, good life is possible without costing the earth.

- it also indicates ecological efficiency with which happy and healthy lives are supported.

- Costa Rica tops the list - Among the BRIC nations, Brazil and China are ranked at 9th and 20th places respectively.

- UK-74th, Russia-108th, US-114  - indicates that the successfully developed nations are the worst performing in terms of sustainable well-being.

- The above clearly brings out that India's opposition for across the board GHG emission control for all nations, expressed at G8 meet was in the right direction.

- Vasanthkumar Mysoremath

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