The world is at a pivotal moment in human and natural history as regards climate change. The COP-26 summit in Glasgow was described as the ‘last best hope for the world’ by John Kerry. The success or failure of COP-26 stands to have a major influence on the world’s health for future generations.
The jury is out on whether or not the conference will have the desired impact. Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teen activist, has been very critical of the conference claiming leaders made a string of false promises.
If the climate conference does fail to produce the desired results, the best available scientific research indicates the world’s climate will shift significantly. This is likely to mean many places which are currently heavily populated will soon become uninhabitable; other areas which are currently uninhabitable may soon become valuable real estate.
Destruction of human habitats due to climate change
Humans are well accustomed to the idea of destroying animal habitats, including rainforests, coral reefs and so on. Scientists believe we may soon get a taste of our own medicine as our actions will soon lead to the destruction of our own habitats.
One of the areas most under threat from climate change is low-lying shorelines which are predicted to be affected by rising sea levels. Given that 40% of the world’s population lives within 100km of the coast, this stands to create major displacement events.
The second example of human habitat loss is in regions likely to fall victim to extreme desertification. When the climate shifts, certain areas will experience a reduction in rainfall and increasing temperatures, deserts including the Sahara, are predicted to expand, as a result, destroying arable land & displacing rural and urban communities alike.
Creation of new human habitats
Areas of the world that are currently, for the most part, uninhabited, for example, Siberia, which experiences temperatures as low as minus 67 centigrade, could well become inhabitable regions in the future, as the climate shifts.
Siberia is covered in permafrost (year-round ice covering), which holds enormous amounts of methane and other gases underneath. If the permafrost melts, huge amounts of greenhouse gases will be released. So, whilst new areas will become inhabitable, this will lead to environmental damage.
Resistant countries & potential property investment opportunities
A recent research report has listed the five top places best suited to survive a major climate shift. Below, five countries are listed which are currently inhabited which are likely to be least affected. These countries may prove to be excellent property investments, should the research report prove to be correct.
These countries all earned high scores on an index which looks at levels of energy-independence economy and resistance to environmental damage.
Number 1 – New Zealand
The best place to survive global societal collapse is New Zealand. The country has a low total population of 5 million people and a high agricultural land percentage 43% that can prove very favourable with its proximity in being close to both the Pacific Ocean and the Southern Ocean.
Number 2 – Iceland
Iceland is an island nation with abundant renewable energy sources and a modern high-tech economy, all of which make it attractive as an investment destination for those seeking green technologies or economic stability. It also offers direct access to the North Atlantic Ocean without having any neighbouring countries that border its landmass directly.
Number 3 – The United Kingdom
Despite the fact the UK has traditionally outsourced manufacturing and imported 50% of its food, it has (according to the research) the potential to withstand shocks.”
Number 4 – Tasmania
The Australian states of Tasmania have taken fourth place in the study. This modern high-tech economy has an abundance of renewable and non-renewable energy sources that provides many opportunities for growth, such as wind power generation or solar panel installations on homes across this region. The study revealed that the temperature of Tasmania is expected to be lower than average, largely due to its southerly latitude and moderating influence from oceans.
Though it’s unclear how rainfall will change with climate shifts at this point in time, there are some indications towards a possible shift away from seasonal precipitation patterns during winter months as well as more tropical storms overtaking Australasian landmasses by the 2040s. The results call for concern because they show how life down under could get worse over time – including summers becoming much hotter or wetter depending on where you live.
Number 5 – Ireland
Ireland has a large amount of untapped renewable energy resources, primarily wind, which can be exploited when the world reduces its dependence on fossil fuels. has a large amount of rich arable land and a comparatively low current population of 4.9 million. However, the study does urge caution with Ireland, as there is a belief that changing climatic conditions could well lower their ability to generate strong harvests from their land.