Which countries will survive a climate collapse?

Edition #027

If you started considering a climate change plan, you've almost certainly concluded that the best place to be to survive the end-of-the-world event is somewhere isolated, and preferably surrounded by water.

As it turns out, science agrees with you — A new Global Sustainability Institute study published in the journal Sustainability did the work of ranking the locations best suited to survive a global societal collapse stemming from climate change-led destruction. The results: Islands and other sparsely populated, remote locations are the best places to post up for the end times — though take that with a grain of salt, because no place will go entirely untouched by the planet's continued warming and ensuing fallout.

According to English researchers, they found that New Zealand is the nation best poised to stay up and running as climate change wreaks global havoc.

New Zealand came out on top because it has plenty of renewable energy capacity, it can produce its own food and it’s an island, meaning it is isolated from other countries.

It's an unsurprising choice, as the country checks a lot of boxes for survivalists: It's a remote island with vast, largely untouched landscapes that, in a survival scenario, amount to untapped resources. And it seems there's some agreement about New Zealand's merits when it comes to potential global societal collapse.

According to the University of Notre Dame’s Global Adaptation Initiative, which similarly ranks countries based on their readiness and capability to adapt to climate change, New Zealand ranks second out of 181 countries, behind only Norway. It might get cut off from the global supply chain, seeing as it's floating out in the Pacific Ocean — but the worst-case climate scenarios suggest the global economy will collapse anyway, so nothing to worry about there.

Their analysis, published in the journal Sustainability, aimed to identify places that are best positioned to carry on when or if others fall apart. The runners-up were Tasmania, Ireland, Iceland, Britain, the United States and Canada.

The model’s underlying assumption is that when many countries are collapsing at the same time, the ones that are the best set up for self-sufficiency are the most likely to keep running.

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With the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, 197 countries agreed to set emission targets that would limit global temperature rise 1.5 degrees Celsius by capping greenhouse emissions at "net-zero" -- or absorbing as much carbon as they emit -- by 2050. So far, only two countries (Gambia and Morocco) are hitting their targets, while the biggest emitters are falling flat, or ignoring their goals entirely. How can we hold these countries accountable? Enter the Climate Action Tracker.

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What happened

  • This week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released their landmark report on global warming and its potential consequences. At a little over 1300 pages, the full report is not exactly light or easy read, but its conclusions can be summed up pretty succinctly — we're in trouble.

  • Netflix launched an online store as an exciting new destination combining curated products and rich storytelling in a uniquely Netflix shopping experience, and a new way for fans to connect with their favorite stories.

    • Netflix.shop will drop exclusive limited editions of carefully selected high-quality apparel and lifestyle products tied to the shows on a regular basis. Among the items debuting this month are streetwear and action figures based on the anime series Yasuke and Eden; as well as limited-edition apparel and decorative items inspired by Lupin in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre. 

  • 41% of employees are considering leaving their employer this year, enabled partly by the ability to now work remotely, according to an interesting study by Microsoft on the future of work.

  • Spotify launches its live audio app and Clubhouse rival, Spotify Greenroom, a new mobile app that allows Spotify users worldwide to join or host live audio rooms, and optionally turn those conversations into podcasts. It’s also announcing a Creator Fund that will help fuel the new app with more content in the future.

  • “The Night Watch” by Rembrandthas been painstakingly reassembled using scanning technologies and a relatively new class of artificial intelligence algorithms after sections were cut off in the 18th century and lost.

  • The singer Bono’s climate-focused private equity fund is now the biggest of its kind in the world. The fund, TPG Rise Climate, announced that it had raised $5.4 billion, and it could get bigger by the time it closes in the fourth quarter.

  • Facebook shuts out NYU academics’ research on political ads. Facebook has shut down the personal accounts of a pair of New York University researchers and shuttered their investigation into misinformation spread through political ads on the social network.

So what happens now?

The Sugar Fire left behind a charred landscape in Doyle, Calif. Climate change is exacerbating wildfires in the region. The Sugar Fire left behind a charred landscape in Doyle, Calif. Climate change is exacerbating wildfires in the region. Credit...Noah Berger/Associated Press

As The New York Times highlighted, there are shortcomings to rankings like this one, including focusing too much on wealthy nations and failing to account for governmental and military responses. But the biggest shortcoming is thinking that it is possible to escape climate change. All of these countries will be affected.

A better solution, rather than trying to position yourself in the place most likely to survive, is to actually address the issue at hand and keep global warming from worsening. It's not too late to actually do something about climate change, beyond running from the worst-case scenario.

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— That’s it for this edition. Here is a Bach album on Spotify for brain candy. See you next month.

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