Don't believe the skeptics - climate change is a real and serious issue. A slew of extreme weather conditions experienced this year were a direct result of the rapidly changing global climate, from the intensifying El Niño and La Niña patterns to the recent formation of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose in the Atlantic.

But if even that isn't proof enough, maybe this map will be more convincing:


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It displays the countries best suited to survive climate change, based on ranking data from the Notre Dame Global Adaptation (ND-Gain) Index. The map is colour coded based on the degree of risk:

It looks at climate change at the country level, which means it doesn't show the adaptability of specific cities or regions within each country. However, it is still a good reference of how equipped each country is to handle possible catastrophies in the future.

Logically, developed countries have a better chance of survival since they have the resources and infrastructure to adapt to global warming. Countries to the north may also benefit from being farther away from stronger tropical weather patterns near the equator.

According to the ND-Gain Index, these are the top countries for survivability amidst rapidly changing climate conditions:

  1. Denmark
  2. Norway
  3. New Zealand
  4. Singapore
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Germany
  7. Finland
  8. Sweden
  9. Switzerland
  10. Iceland
  11. United States
  12. Austria
  13. Australia
  14. Canada
  15. France
  16. Republic of Korea
  17. Japan
  18. Netherlands
  19. Ireland
  20. Luxembourg

You can check out the full list here.

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