A new study has identified countries that are likely to survive the collapse of global civilization, with Ireland in the top five.
The analysis explains how the combination of environmental destruction, limited resources, and population growth can reduce the overall “complexity” of civilization.
It focuses on the “degradation” of a wide range of recent civilization trends, including supply chains, international agreements, and global economic structures.
Researchers at the Anglia Ruskin University Institute for Global Sustainability have added that climate change will “multiply risk” and further adversely affect current trends.
The good news for the Irish is that our beautiful island is one of the best countries in the world capable of surviving a global social catastrophe.
The study found that New Zealand, along with Iceland, the United Kingdom, Australia (especially Tasmania) and Ireland, are “currently the most suitable countries to maintain high social, technological and organizational complexities within borders. A. Global collapse. “It simply came to our notice then. “
According to researchers who published their findings in the journal Sustainability, all five islands, or continents, have a major influence on the ocean’s climate.
Currently, they have low temperatures and variability in rainfall, so they are “most likely to remain relatively stable despite the effects of climate change.”
New Zealand had the greatest chance of surviving the collapse of a “relatively unsustainable” society, due to its ability to generate geothermal and hydroelectric power, rich agricultural land, and sparse population.
Iceland, Australia (Tasmania) and Ireland also have favorable characteristics, while the United Kingdom “presents a more complex picture due to its complex energy matrix and high population density”.
The analysis also found that the collapse of society would occur in a “long decline”, years or decades, or very soon, within a year, without warning of impending disruption.
Professor Alad Jones, director of the Institute for Global Sustainability at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), said: “Significant changes are possible in the coming years and decades.
The severity of these changes will be determined by the impact of climate change, the intensity and severity of droughts and floods, extreme temperatures, and increased population movements.
“In addition to proving which countries are best suited to deal with such a catastrophe, it will be a profound and life-changing experience, and our study aims to highlight activities that address climate change, agricultural potential and interrelated factors. Domestic energy. , Improving the viability of countries that do not have the most favorable initial conditions require over-reliance on productivity and complexity. “
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