"The refusal of President [Donald] Trump to acknowledge climate change being human-caused and his dismantling of regulation designed to reduce carbon emissions, result in the US being rated 'very low' for its national and international climate policy performance."
The CCPI is scathing in its judgment of Saudi Arabia. "The country continues to be a 'very low' performer in all index categories and on every indicator for emissions, energy use and renewable energy.
"On climate policy, experts give Saudi Arabia a 'very low' rating. Although the government is taking steps to expand renewable energy, it has not adopted emission reduction targets.
"Experts also continue to criticize the country's 'very low' performance in international negotiations."
A hazardous exercise
At the recent international climate meeting in Katowice in Poland, Saudi Arabia - along with Kuwait, the US and Russia - was accused of attempting to derail proceedings and of refusing to acknowledge the dangers posed by climate change.
The irony is that the Middle East and North Africa region – in particular the Gulf – is among the areas scientists say will be worst hit by changes in climate. Already, temperatures are rising while rainfall is decreasing.
Research indicates that due to prolonged droughts and the drying out of soils, dust emissions have increased by up to 70 percent over Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Syria over the past 20 years. A combination of rising temperatures and increased humidity is likely to make any outside activity an extremely hazardous exercise in summer months in the not too distant future.
Regions prone to such conditions include the coastal plains on both sides of the Gulf and cities such as Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha and Bandar Abbas. In these locations, say researchers, people working outside - repairing air conditioning systems or water systems or overseeing emergency services - would be at severe risk.