It’s too late. Chicken Little was right. Like Nero playing the fiddle while Rome burned, we collectively have wasted our time politicking and in self delusion until now, climate change and its impact on Earth and mankind has become a certainty. The world will definitely change within the next 30 years.
In a study by the consultancy firm Maplecroft, the five main threats of climate change were looked at. These are flooding, drought, storms, rising sea levels and changes to ecosystems. The data was then analysed in a number of ways and its impact on countries was assessed.
Most at Risk to Suffer Climate Change Effects (Maplecroft 2009)
Based on their current vulnerability and ability to cope , the worst countries are Somalia followed by Haiti, Afghanistan, Sierra Leonne, Burundi, Guinea, Rwanda, the Gambia, Chad and Nigeria. Africa would seem to be the area of highest risk. Least at risk is Norway followed by Finland, Japan and Canada.
Most Vulnerable to Climate Change Effects (Maplecroft 2010)
This list was a revision of the 2009 list above and placed a greater emphasis on a countries ability or lack of ability to respond to the effects of climate change. This list has as most vulnerable, Bangladesh followed by India, Madagascar, Nepal, Mozambique, the Philippines, Haiti, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and Myanmar. Least vulnerable was Norway, Finland , Iceland and Ireland,
Most Vulnerable to Natural Disasters
Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Sudan, Mozambique, Haiti, the Philippines and Columbia are most at risk from natural disasters.
Most Vulnerable to Food Crisis
Afghanistan, DR Congo, Burundi, Eritrea, Sudan, Ethiopia, Angola, Liberia, Chad and Zimbabwe. Least vulnerable are Finland followed by Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
The message is clear. A pattern is forming and in the interest of self preservation, I think I had better brush up on Norwegian and Finnish.
“God dag. Kunne du trykk inn en vennlig flyktning ekorn hvem er skinn fra klimaet endre?” (Norwegian)
“Hei te antaa kotona ystävällinen pakolainen orava joka on häipyä polveutua ilmanala” (Finnish)
“Hello. Could you let in a friendly refugee squirrel who is fleeing from climate change?” (English)