If it’s the end of the world as we know it, Ireland is the place to be

The nations most likely to survive the collapse of global civilisation have been identified in a new study, with Ireland among the top five.
The analysis explains how a combination of ecological destruction, limited resources, and population growth could trigger a reduction in the overall “complexity” of civilisation.
It focuses on de-complexification a widespread reversal of the trends of recent civilisation, which include potentially seeing the collapse of supply chains, international agreements and global financial structures.
Researchers from the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University added that climate change will serve as a risk multiplier, further negatively impacting existing trends.
The good news for Irish people is that our fair isle is one of the best countries in the world most likely to survive a global collapse of society.
Skellig Michael or Great Skellig, in Kerry.
The study found that New Zealand along with Iceland, the United Kingdom, Australia (specifically Tasmania) and Ireland were the nations “currently most suited to maintaining higher levels of societal, technological, and organisational complexity within their own borders if a global collapse were to happen”.
According to the researchers, who published their findings in the journal ‘Sustainability’, all five are islands or island continents, with the ocean having a big influence on climate.
They currently have low temperature and precipitation variability and therefore “have the greatest likelihood of relatively stable conditions continuing despite the effects of climate change”.
New Zealand was deemed as having the greatest potential to survive a collapse of society “relatively unscathed” thanks to its ability to produce geothermal and hydroelectric energy, its abundant agricultural land, and its low population.
Iceland, Australia (Tasmania) and Ireland also have favourable characteristics, while the UK “presents a more complex picture due to its complicated energy mix and high population density”.
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The analysis also found that the collapse of society could happen during a long descent, over years or decades, or very rapidly, in the space of less than a year, with no warning of the coming disruption.
Professor Aled Jones, Director of the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), said: Significant changes are possible in the coming years and decades.
“The impact of climate change, including increased frequency and intensity of drought and flooding, extreme temperatures, and greater population movement, could dictate the severity of these changes.
As well as demonstrating which countries we believe are best suited to managing such a collapse which undoubtedly would be a profound, life-altering experience our study aims to highlight actions to address the interlinked factors of climate change, agricultural capacity, domestic energy, manufacturing capacity, and the over-reliance on complexity, are necessary to improve the resilience of nations that do not have the most favourable starting conditions.