Norway ranked number one in the University of Notre Dame’s Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) for its ability to adapt to climate change. ND-GAIN ranks over 175 countries on their ability to adapt to climate change. Norway has been at the top of ND-GAIN’s rankings for almost 20 years. Scandinavian countries are all ranked higher than Australia, Canada and the U.S., big countries loaded with natural resources. Sweden ranked number three, Finland number 4, and Denmark number five while Australia ranked number 6, United States number eight, and Canada number 11.
The rankings were released on November 5 at the 2014 Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index Annual Meeting hosted by the Wilson Center. The ND-GAIN ranks countries every year “based on their vulnerability to climate change and their readiness to adapt to the droughts, superstorms and natural disasters that climate change can cause,” according to a press release. It is also used to keep track of a country’s progress over the last 18 years.
“In Norway and the other members of the ND-GAIN leaderboard, we see role models in countries positioned to adapt to climate change,” said Jessica Hellman, research director of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index.
Here are some of the statements:
“I don’t necessarily think the climate is changing,” said U.S. Senate candidate, Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).
“This is not settled science. Many of the same scientists believe there is no God, but they don’t know. There’s no science on that. So, scientists, like the rest of us, can have beliefs, but that doesn’t make it science,” Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN)
While Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) admitted that the air is affected by what we put into it, he said, “The Al Gore defined global warming is a farce.”
Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI) said, “I’m not sure there’s any evidence to prove that there’s man-made catastrophic global warming,” Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI).
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