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Is Your Country Ready For Climate Change?
Did you know four out of five of the top global risks in the next 10 years are related to climate change?
This means it more important than ever that communities and ecosystems become more resilient to the extreme impacts that could occur.
Reducing greenhouse gases is not enough. Adaptation – how to live with a warming world – is now also key.
We’ve worked with Drayton Controls to uncover how different countries have ranked in climate adaptation since 2000 using the University of Notre Dame’s ND-GAIN Index, which ranks countries on vulnerability to extreme events such as droughts and storms as well as readiness to withstand the shocks and stresses of these events.
Here are a few hooks that we found:
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- Norway is the most prepared of all countries, and has been for over two decades – this is thanks to its high scores for food stability, healthcare, access to clean water and energy infrastructure.
- New Zealand, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland make up the rest of the top 5 countries best prepared for climate change.
- Most countries across Europe will not be severely affected by climate change.
- Interestingly the UK and US haven’t even made the top 10, ranking 12th and 15th respectively.
- Asia has a wide range of scores for different countries, owing to the vastly different climates and levels of infrastructure in various countries.
- Australia comes out fairly well in the map, despite being a notoriously hot country, coming in at 9th place.
- The countries most at risk and least prepared are in Africa. Most have a lack of agricultural and medical resources combined with infrastructural and political insecurity. Therefore the index highlights the need for richer, more technologically advanced nations to help less developed countries.
The good news is that overall, the world is better prepared than it was in the 1990s but as a whole we need to help communities most at risk by taking more action to prevent global warming.
Check out the interactive infographic below for more information.