Climate Risk Lowest in Northern Europe

Iceland can play it cooler than most when it comes to climate change.
National Journal
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Alex Brown
Oct. 30, 2013, 4:32 a.m.

How im­min­ent is the danger from cli­mate change? That de­pends on where you live. Risk con­sultancy group Maplec­roft has ranked the Earth’s coun­tries by cli­mate risk, The Huff­ing­ton Post re­ports, and Africa and Asia have the most reas­on to worry.

Bangladesh, Guinea-Bis­sau, and Si­erra Le­one face the worst threats be­cause of dif­fi­culties in fight­ing cli­mate changes’ ef­fects, sus­cept­ib­il­ity to ex­treme weath­er, and health and ag­ri­cul­tur­al vul­ner­ab­il­it­ies.

The news is bet­ter for Ire­land, Nor­way, and Ice­land, thanks in part to those coun­tries’ steps to com­bat cli­mate change. The U.S. also fares well, rank­ing 158 out of 193 in terms of cli­mate risk.