Scientists Rank Safest Places to Flee to if Apocalyptic Outbreak Probably Happens
Scientists studied and rank the safest places to flee to if the Apocalyptic outbreak probably happens in the near future and begins to wipe out humanity.
Based on the report of The Sun, scientists have worked out the safest places for you to be if a sudden global pandemic threatens to wipe out humanity. They focused on islands because they are naturally isolated from the spread of contagion and used a variety of criteria to rank where humans could best ride out the storm and rebuild civilization.
Countries are rated from 0-1 based on whether they have features that can make them a haven, such as a good physical location, natural resources, and political cohesion.
The authors conclude in their paper: “Australian island nations (0.71) followed by New Zealand (0.68) and Iceland (0.64), appear to have the features necessary to act as an effective refuge in the face of a catastrophic global pandemic, from which large-scale technological societies can be successfully built. “
The other 16 countries ranked less than 0.5 so they were less suitable for securing humanity’s survival. They include Malta, Japan, Cape Verde, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Madagascar, Cuba, Mauritius, and Fiji. Unfortunately, the UK did not make the list.
Public physicist Nick Wilson from the University of Otago in New Zealand explains “Biotechnology findings can detect a genetic engineer that threatens the survival of our species.
“Though carriers of disease can easily circumvent land borders, a closed self-sufficient island could harbour an isolated, technologically-adept population that could repopulate the Earth following a disaster.” He said.
The island’s small populations were not considered in the study because, although they may survive without assistance, researchers think a diverse set of technical experts will be needed on an island to rebuild humanity.
This is why independent sovereign states recognized by the United Nations with a population of over 250,000 people are considered.
The researchers said: “Somewhat unsurprisingly, it was nations with high GDP (gross domestic product), that are self-sufficient in food and/or energy production, and are somewhat remote, that fared best.”
Countries can improve their ranking by increasing their food and energy production and resolving any political instability. Researchers have noted that their method may not be perfect and further research may refine it.
They feel that the potential consequences of climate change in different countries need to be considered as well. But if a virus, bacteria or fungal apocalypse was to break out right now, the places listed are probably your best bet on survival.
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