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At the risk of gross oversimplification, let me start by revealing the Climate Change Risk report's two main takeaways: Avoid living in most parts of Africa if you're especially risk averse (75 percent of the world's 20 most vulnerable countries are found there) and move to Canada to best hedge your bets.
The Comoros Islands: most at risk
The riskiest location by far, as The Independent's Michael McCarthy describes in his summary of the Maplecroft report's findings, is a small island cluster in the Indian Ocean, the Comoros Islands, which is most at risk of succumbing to agricultural failure, rising sea levels and other climate change impacts.
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Maplecroft's vulnerability ranking methodology
The report ranked 168 countries on the basis of their ability to tackle global warming -- not, as the IPCC and other international bodies have done, their perceived vulnerabilities to its impacts. Maplecroft assessed vulnerability on the basis of 6 factors: the economy; natural resources and ecosystems; poverty, development and health; agriculture; population; settlement and infrastructure; and institutions, governance and social capital.
This information was used to assign scores on a scale of 1 to 10 (one being the most vulnerable) to each country. You can see a listing of some of the rankings in an infographic included alongside the article.
Just as developing countries, mostly in Africa, scored lowest in the British consultancy's rank of nations at risk, so did wealthy, Western countries, led by Canada, Ireland and Norway, score highest. The only exception to this trend was Uruguay, which managed to place in the top 10 least-at-risk nations -- edging out the United Kingdom, the U.S. and others.
Via ::The Independent: Why Canada is the best haven from climate change (news website)
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