NZ ready for climate change

15/01/2015

New Zealand is among the countries which are best prepared for dealing with climate change:

The University of Notre Dame in Indiana compiled the new list, which puts New Zealand and Scandinavian countries at the top and sub-Saharan African countries at the bottom.

The rankings reflect a combination of the preparations each country has made and how vulnerable they are, in terms of their location and climate. Factors taken into account include reliability of safe drinking water, crop yields, infrastructure and heatwave hazards.

New Zealand is ranked the fourth-most ready and fifth-least vulnerable, but is pipped on the overall list by Norway, which is the fourth-least vulnerable country and fifth-most ready. . .

Top 10 countries placed to deal with climate change

Norway

New Zealand

Sweden

Finland

Denmark

Australia

United Kingdom

United States

Germany

Iceland

Bottom 10 countries

Chad

Eritrea

Burundi

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Central African Republic

Sudan

Niger

Haiti

Afghanistan

Guinea-Bissau

The report’s analysis of New Zealand shows:

 

Indicator Raw Score
Vulnerability 0.218
Food 0.110
Projected change of cereal yields 2.23 0
Projected population growth 0.03 0.165
food import dependency 0.35 0.345
Rural population 13.67 0.137
Agriculture capacity 0.02 0.016
Child malnutrition 0 0
Water 0.051
Projected change of annual runoff -0.01 0.012
Projected change of annual groundwater recharge -0.01 0.023
Fresh water withdrawal rate 1.45 0.015
water dependency ratio 0 0
Dam capacity 3,787.00 0.257
Access to reliable drinking water 100.00 0
Health 0.114
Projected change of deaths from climate change induced diseases 1.03 0.132
Projected change of malaria hazard 0.50 0.439
Dependency on external resource for health services 0 0
Slum population 0 0
Medical staff 13.61 0
Access to improved sanitation facilities
Ecosystem Services 0.417
Projected change of biome distribution 0.63 0.656
Projected change of marine biodiversity 3.11 1.000
Natural capital dependency 0.12 0.216
Ecological footprint 8.16 0
Protected biome 83.93 0.161
Engagement in international environmental conventions 0.53 0.470
Human Habitat 0.451
Projected change of heatwave hazard 75.45 0.666
Projected change of flood hazard 0.05 0.302
Urban concentration 0.86 0.862
Age dependency ratio 0.34 0.140
Quality of trade and transport infrastructure 3.42 0.395
Paved roads 66.24 0.340
Infrastructure 0.165
Projected change of hydropower generation capacity 0 0
Projected change of sea level rise impacts 0.01 0.126
Dependency on imported energy 14.27 0.143
Population living under 5m above sea level 12.56 0.521
Electricity access 100.00 0
Disaster preparedness 3.95 0.201

Most of the political focus is on attempts to counter climate change.

Ensuring we are prepared to deal with its impact is at least as important.

A big part of that is drought-proofing agriculture with more reliable irrigation to ensure we can feed ourselves and produce food for countries not able to produce enough themselves.

 


November 26 in history

26/11/2009

On November 26:

43 BC The Second Triumvirate alliance of Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (“Octavian”, later “Caesar Augustus”), Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, and Mark Antony was formed.

 

1731 William Cowper, English poet, was born.

 

1778 Captain James Cook became the first European to visit Maui.

1789  A national Thanksgiving Day was observed in the United States as recommended by President George Washington and approved by Congress.

Thanksgiving
The First Thanksgiving, painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863–1930)

1842 – The University of Notre Dame was founded.

1876  Willis Carrier, American engineer and inventor, was born.

1895 Bill Wilson, American co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, was born.

1922 Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist, was born.

 

1923  Pat Phoenix, English actress, was born.

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1924  George Segal, American Pop Sculptor, was born.

1939 Tina Turner, American singer and actress, was born.

1941  U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day in the United States.

1960 Keith Holyoake began his 12 year service as Prime Minister.

1970 In Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, 1.5 inches (38.1 mm) of rain fell in a minute, the heaviest rainfall ever recorded.

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1998  Tony Blair became the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland‘s parliament.

 

2003 Concorde made its final flight, over Bristol, England.

 

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.


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