CLIMATE CHANGE IS GOING TO SUCK FOR PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE, but it will suck more for some than others. There is actually already a measurement for just how much it’s going to suck for your country: it’s called the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN). The index breaks down into two categories, “Vulnerability” and “Readiness,” with vulnerability encompassing factors like whether a country is susceptible to things like drought and extreme weather, whether that country’s economy is dependent on industries that could be harmed by climate change, and how adaptable the country is, and with readiness mostly referring to a country’s infrastructure and it’s ability to respond to climate change related disasters.
Obviously, because of their superior readiness, the developed world is more ready for climate change than the developing world, but this shouldn’t be read as the developed world is safe: it just means that they are comparatively better off. And as always, with broad global maps like this, the readiness and vulnerability can vary wildly within a country.
The EcoExperts created this infographic breaking it down for the world and from continent to continent. Check it out: