Great Britain ranked first in the “safe and disaster-resistant” countries, which does not mean that it took first place in the ranking. Researchers from GSI confirmed that the residents of New Zealand and Iceland are in the best condition. The United Kingdom ranked third, followed by Tasmania (in Australia) and Ireland.
Experts analyzed many scenarios of possible disasters and took into account various factors – from service activities to natural forms of protection and chances of survival. It was agreed that only a few countries in the world stand out so much that they would act as a safe haven in the event of floods, droughts or food shortages in the event of a natural disaster.
One of the most important factors is whether the country is surrounded by water. If so, it is a natural form of protection from many climatic disasters. Other important criteria are the country’s energy and self-sufficiency, distances between large urban agglomerations, and the amount of land available for agriculture and housing construction.
At the time of the report’s publication, scientists emphasized that the Earth was in a “very dangerous state” and that many natural hazards from climate change would occur.
One of the study’s authors, Professor Aled Jones, noted that he was “not surprised” by New Zealand’s position on the list, but was “surprised” by the presence of the United Kingdom.
“We were quite surprised that the UK did so well in the rankings. It is densely populated, has outsourced most of its production, is not focused on developing renewable energy technologies, and currently only produces 50% of its food. But it has the resilience to weather it.” The Times difficult” – he pointed out.
The ranking also took into account hypothetical scenarios that assumed social collapse and mass migrations. In this regard, too, Great Britain will have one of the greatest chances of survival, incl. Because of the unique complexity of the social division on the islands, as well as the natural boundaries that would prevent an excessive influx of migrants.
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