From Smart Growth Online
The Happy Planet Index is a website that reveals the ecological efficiency with which human well-being is delivered.
The Happy Planet Index 2.0: Why good lives don't have to cost the Earth was first published in July 2009. The report presents the results of the second global compilation of the Happy Planet Index, based on improved data for 143 countries around the world -- representing 99% of the world's population. The results shows that globally we are still far from achieving good lives within the Earth's finite resource limits. But although the evidence shows that we are heading in the wrong direction, the achievements of some countries around the world provide reasons to believe that we can achieve true sustainable well-being.
The index combines environmental impact with human well-being to measure the environmental efficiency with which, country by country, people live long and happy lives. Learn about the ideas behind the HPI, how it is calculated, why we need it and what it can teach us.
Read more or download the Index at the resource link below.