How will YOUR country cope with climate change? Map reveals the best and worst places to live as our planet warms up

London-based company The Eco Experts has revealed the countries best-equipped to cope with climate change on a map (shown). Scandinavian countries like Norway and Finland, and also the UK, score highly. Green is best, scaling down to red being worst

  • London-based company The Eco Experts has revealed the countries best-equipped to cope with climate change
  • Scandinavian countries like Norway and Finland and also the UK, score highly in the map
  • But places in sub-Saharan Africa will be most affected by a warming climate
  • The map uses data that tracks a country’s vulnerability and readiness to climate change
  • Results have been published every year since 1995 – with Norway coming top every single year

Climate change experts have released maps of the world revealing how prepared different countries are to cope with the effects of climate change.

In the maps, 192 countries are ranked by their ‘vulnerability’ and ‘readiness’, to produce an overall judgement on their fate.

The results reveal that Scandinavian countries and the UK are among the most likely to survive – but areas of sub-Saharan Africa will be hardest hit.

The maps were created by London-based company The Eco Experts, using data from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, known as the ND-Gain Index.

They took into account location, terrain, pollution rates and national resources when calculating which countries would be most affected.

Countries like Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark score well on the scale.

But places like Central America, Africa and India all appear at risk from natural disaster – and are poorly equipped to cope, said The Eco Experts.

Jon Whiting, of The Eco Experts warned: ‘Hurricanes, earthquakes, blizzards, droughts and flooding are all real dangers for some of these areas, and this is compounded by a lack of national strategy to counteract the effects.’

Burundi, Chad, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo produced some of the lowest scores, meaning these countries will be the biggest victims of weather disasters.

Least affected Score Most affected Score
1 – Norway 82.7 1 – Chad 31.6
2 – New Zealand 82.2 2 (tied) – Eritrea 33.8
3 – Sweden 81.6 2 (tied) – Burundi 33.8
4 – Finland 81.5 4 (tied) – Democratic Republic of Congo 34.0
5 – Denmark 81.4 4 (tied) – Central Africa Republic 34.0
6 – Australia 80.1 6 – Sudan 35.5
7 – United Kingdom 80.0 7 (tied) – Niger 35.6
8 – United States 78.9 7 (tied) – Haiti 35.6
9 (tied) – Germany 78.8 7 (tied) – Afghanistan 35.6
9 (tied) – Iceland 78.8 10 – Guinea-Bissau 37.3

The map is based on data compiled by the ND-Gain index, which has been monitoring 45 internal and external indicators of climate change exposure of 192 countries since 1992…

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