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It's more important than ever for communities and ecosystems to become more resilient to the extreme impacts of 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 is 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.

This interactive graphic uncovers 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.

The results show that 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. Meanwhile, many countries in Africa 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.

You can see the original graphic here.

Norway fjord


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Which countries are most prepared?

Green Adventures March 2018