India continues to rank more towards the bottom of the ladder in terms of the human development index (HDI), even as it seems to perform better than most of its neighbouring countries. According to the Human Development Report, 2011, released on Wednesday, India is defined as being in the medium human development category and is ranked 134 out of 187 countries.
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The report this time also draws a link between environment sustainability, equity and human development. According to the report, the most disadvantaged people carry a ”double burden of deprivation” by being more vulnerable to wider effects of environmental degradation. For instance, in developing countries at least six in ten people experience one environmental deprivation and four in ten experience two or more. However, it also concludes that recent progress in HDI has come at the cost of global warming with those countries advancing the fastest in HDI showing fastest growth in carbon dioxide emissions as well.