Each year, the consequences of our rapidly changing climate become more and more evident, and while many countries slowly gear up to combat the changes, others seem to be regressing in their approach. Two years ago, the University of Notre Dame developed and released an index that ranked countries in order of their likelihood of surviving climate change as time goes on. That index went on to be republished in the form of interactive and collated maps that have been bringing attention to the original study, which is called the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN).
One of the creators of the easy-to-read maps is Eco Experts, who consolidated the information and broke it down by each continent to give a more in-depth look at the crisis that the world is facing. Unsurprisingly, it appears that the wealthiest countries, which also tend to contribute most to pollution, are the ones most likely to survive climate change. This is mostly why the Paris Climate Agreement was formed, because wealthier nations needed to make changes in order to prevent the consequences of climate change that adversely affect poorer nations.
The study combined a variety of factors that were broken down into two categories: a country’s vulnerability and their readiness. Their vulnerability number was subtracted from their readiness number and thus resulted in their ranking.
In a nutshell, here are the 5 nations most likely to survive climate change:
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
Here are the 5 nations least likely to survive climate change:
- Central African Republic
In case you’re curious, the United States is ranked #11, Canada is #14, China is #48, and India is #119. View the full infographic below to see the breakdown for all the continents.