New research ranks the nations’ most likely to adapt to a warmer, more volatile world—and those most likely to be be destroyed by it.
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Every year, the University of Notre Dame’s Global Adaptation Index issues a listing of which nations are best prepared to combat climate change—and which are most primed to suffer under the swelter.
ND-GAIN examines national resilience, essentially, to employ the buzz word of the day. It “ranks more than 175 countries based on their vulnerability to climate change and their readiness to adapt to the droughts, super storms and natural disasters that climate change can cause.”
The results come with few surprises. Those nations best equipped to adapt to a hotter, stormier, and more parched world tend to be rich, technologically advanced, more equal, or simply loaded with resources. Socialist, oil-rich Norway, for instance