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Outrun Climate Change: Best and Worst Places to Live

Posted on June 22, 2018 by Matt Tomasino There have been 0 comments

Predicting the Future

Many computer models point to the most and the least vulnerable climate change locations. Global risk analytic company, Verisk Maplecroft, reports on a country's exposure to climate change, extreme weather events, and the ability to adapt to, and take advantage of any changes. It works with advanced equipment, software and algorithms creating analytics as a valid concern for individuals as well as governments, military, big business and the elite.

Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Richard Hewston, principal environmental analyst at Verisk Maplecroft, recently reported to CNBC news that when it comes to the most adaptable future country, Ireland is one of the top picks.

Hewston commented,

“Ireland's economic reliance on climate-sensitive sectors (e.g. agriculture) is less than many European countries, with less than 2 percent of the country's GDP (gross domestic product) derived from agriculture. This offers a measure of resilience to the economy, effectively insulating it from climate shocks,”

The Getaway List

In your travel and adventure excursions try out some places that have good future numbers when it comes to avoiding as much climate change as possible. According to the Maplecroft report, these are the ten countries least vulnerable to climate change:

  • Norway
  • Ireland
  • Iceland
  • Sweden
  • Finland
  • Estonia
  • Barbados
  • Denmark
  • Latvia
  • St. Lucia

Stay Away

As the news continues to report on varying effects of climate change, these are the 5 countries targeted as the most vulnerable to climate change:

  • Chad
  • Bangladesh
  • Niger
  • Haiti
  • Central African Republic

Extreme Risk

In many cases, you may be seeing the effects of climate change on nations in the “extreme risk” category right on your evening news. In fact, it’s slowly been happening over time, as evidenced by the many news reports of overseas natural disasters.

Extreme risk countries are those in Sub-Sahara Africa and South Asia countries currently experiencing an uptick in extreme weather events. It was also reported that,

“The World Bank warned on Sunday that climate change could push more than 100 million people back into poverty over the next 15 years, with populaces in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia seen most affected..."

Places in America to Ride Out Climate Change

America is in the “green zone” so far, predicted to suffer much less devastation as compared to Africa. However, according to Bruce Riordan, the director of the Climate Readiness Institute at the University of California, Berkeley,

“The bottom line is, it's going to be bad everywhere, It's just a matter of who gets organized around this.”

Vivek Shandas, an urban-planning professor at Portland State University is part of a research group studying how prepared cities are for climate change. The group looks at many variables including, policy and politics, community organization, and infrastructure.

According to the Shandas study as reported by Business Insider, the American locations that are forecast to be the best places to live and invest over the next five decades include:

  • Seattle, Washington - Reported as “well-positioned” for dealing with heat and rising tides.
  • Portland, Oregon - Clean energy policy already in place.
  • San Francisco, Ca - Ranks well in infrastructure.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota - Well-coordinated systems of emergency management and planning.
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan - Shandies reports that, the city has "a long history of planning for climate change" that makes it highly adaptable to a warmer planet.
  • Madison, Wisconsin - Well organized climate change plan already in action.
  • Chicago, Illinois - This city has taken measures to boost organization and community building, which makes for good future resilience.
  • Denver, Colorado - New infrastructure and smart planning.
  • Salt Lake City, Utah - Good planning.
  • Phoenix, Arizona - This city and its universities work with a collaborative climate change model including composting, rain catchment and recycling.
  • Austin, Texas - Austin plans to be carbon neutral by 2020
  • Baltimore, Maryland - Officials here are coming up with creative ways to cope with flooding including bioswales, bits of architecture designed to help remove pollution from surface runoff that can accumulate after rain.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - This city released a new sustainability plan last year that outlines strategies to increase residents' access to healthy food, parks, and green spaces.


Stay on course with your Eco-friendly mission, being sure to utilize practices such as solar and energy efficiency, reusing and recycling. However, if your position on this earth seems too vulnerable, outrun climate change to more livable areas that embrace your green lifestyle. Others will most likely by trying to get in when it is too late, so get your affairs in order beforehand.


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