Can You Name These Countries Drastically Affected by the Climate Crisis?

By: Jonnathan Chadwick

6 Min Quiz

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The world has experienced drastic climate change many times in its history, and the only thing we know about those events is that they caused mass extinction and killed everything on the planet. We don't want it to happen again. With the advent of technology, we can monitor the planet's climate like never before, and what we've found isn't too assuring.

The world is getting hotter at a rate never before seen. The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is at the highest level in at least 800,000 years. Sea water is expanding, and sea levels are rising. Ice sheets around the world are melting, and some countries are more at risk than others. By the year 2050, several countries will face irreparable damage. By 2100, the world as we know it may no longer exist.

Anyone who has paid any attention to the news in the past decade has seen the effects of global warming around the world. Australia is burning, Venice is sinking, Antarctica is thawing out, and earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis are getting stronger by the day. Events that have been held for decades have been relocated or postponed indefinitely. People living on islands constantly live at risk of natural disasters that seem more powerful than ever. What do you know about climate change around the globe? Can you name all these countries drastically affected by climate change?

What country is home to "The Floating City" that's slowly sinking?

Venice consists of 118 islands connected by nearly 400 bridges and just recently experienced its worst flooding in 50 years. Parts of Venice sunk 6 feet below water in 2019, and rising sea levels are partly responsible.

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The world's largest rainforest (the Amazon) could soon become the world's largest savanna in what country?

The Amazon rainforest doesn't produce 20% of the world's oxygen, but it produces enough oxygen and water to sustain itself, which is a lot. If just 25% of the trees are chopped down, the forest won't produce enough water to sustain itself and will turn into dry land.

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Wildfires on the coast of what country were responsible for killing 1 billion animals in 2019?

Australia experienced the worst bushfire season on record. The fires began in 2019 and burned well into 2020. They damaged more than 46 million acres, more than 3,000 buildings, more than 2,700 homes and killed an estimated 1 billion animals.

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More than 80% of this country is covered in ice that's melting at a rate of more than 200 billion tons per year. Do you know it?

As far as climatologists are concerned, Greenland is ground zero of global warming. If all of Greenland's ice melted, the sea level would rise more than 20 feet, and that would have drastic consequences around the world.

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Do you know where the Dead Sea is dying?

The Dead Sea is shrinking for a variety of reasons, but dry weather, weak rainfall and strong evaporation due to climate change is partly to blame. The sea sits at Earth's lowest surface point and is slowly sinking deeper.

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After experiencing a typhoon and earthquake in the same summer, "The Land of the Rising Sun" is greatly threatened by climate change. Do you know it?

Japan's capital, Tokyo, is recognized as the most populous metro area in the world with nearly 40 million residents. Conservative estimates say the country will undergo at least $1 trillion in damages due to climate change by the year 2070.

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Can you name this country that's home to Siberia and is one of just several Arctic countries?

Almost half of Russia and much of Siberia is uninhabited simply because it's so cold. Most of the land is covered in permafrost, but because of global warming, the land could thaw out and become fertile. The rest of the world will likely have suffered drastic consequences by that time.

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The second most populous country in the world has been experiencing more and more deadly heat waves. Do you know it?

India is home to more than 1.3 billion citizens and is on pace to soon overtake China as the most populous country in the world. The country has been experiencing drier climate and hotter temperatures as the the effects of global warming spill all over the world.

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Manila is the capital of what country that could be under water by 2050?

It has been estimated that about 150 million people will be displaced by 2050 because of rising sea levels due to climate change. A majority of those people live in Southeast Asia, and the Philippines would be one of the hardest hit countries.

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What European country known for bratwurst and pretzels has been experiencing increased temperatures?

The average air temperature has increased significantly over the past 150 years, and this leads to a host a of problems ranging from glacial melting to public health concerns. The increased temperatures also allow pests and viruses to spread easier.

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Can you name the island country off the coast of Africa known for its wildly diverse wildlife?

Madagascar is home to some of the most unique animals on Earth, and very few of them are found elsewhere. The island country is also at high risk of drought and typhoons because of the effects of climate change.

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North America's largest country is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world. Do you know it?

North America and the Arctic are seeing the effects of global warming more than anywhere else on the planet. Canada's snow-covered land is shrinking, its land temperature is rising, and the country is steadily seeing more rainfall and less snowfall.

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Glacier National Park in what state once featured signs saying "Gone by 2020"?

Glacier National Park is still home to 25 glaciers, but it used to be home to 150 glaciers. Park officials replaced the "Gone by 2020" signs, but scientists still say the last 25 glaciers could be gone within a few decades.

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Can you name the northernmost country in Europe?

The Svalbard region of Norway is the northernmost part of Europe. The country has been affected by climate change in several ways. Sea levels are rising, permafrost is thawing, and glaciers are melting.

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This island oasis known for blue water, white sands and picture-perfect vacations could be completely under water by 2100. Do you know it?

Maldives is a small island nation in the Arabian Sea with a population of about 400,000 citizens. In a worst case scenario where the ocean levels rise more than 50 inches by the year 2100, Maldives would be completely under water.

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Hurricane Maria caused nearly $100 billion in damage on what Caribbean island?

Hurricane Maria landed on Puerto Rico in the summer of 2017 and was the largest hurricane on the island in nearly a century. According to the "Global Climate Risk Index 2020," Puerto Rico has been affected by climate change more than any other country in the world over the past 20 years.

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What country is known for a 120-mile ice skating race that hasn't been held since 1997 because it's too warm?

The Elfstedentocht is an 11-city ice skating race recognized as the largest sporting event in the Netherlands. The last time the race was held in the Netherlands was 1997 because it hasn't been cold enough for the canals to freeze thick enough.

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Do you know this South Pacific archipelago where the largest tropical storm in the southern hemisphere landed in 2016?

More than 40 people died after Cyclone Winston brought 177 mile per hour winds and devastating rainfall to the islands of Fiji in 2016. The cyclone was the strongest tropical storm recorded in the southern hemisphere.

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Can you name this Middle Eastern country home to the tallest building in the world?

The United Arab Emirates is at risk of the effects of climate change because of its location. The country has been facing extremely dry temperatures as well as drought. The rising sea levels also pose a threat to the country's coast.

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Increased temperatures during the growing season in what country's Rhone Valley has forced winemakers to use new harvesting methods?

Quality wine begins with quality grapes, and quality grapes are directly controlled by the ground and climate in which they grow. Average temperatures during growing season in the Rhone Valley have significantly increased, forcing winemakers to adapt in major ways.

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What country, home to Maasai Mara, has suffered greatly from widespread drought?

Maasai Mara is one of the most famous reserves in the world and is home to an abundance of African wildlife. Kenya has declared a state of emergency on multiple occasions after years and years of drought.

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More than 200 billion tons of ice on what continent is melting every year?

Between 1992 and 2002, Antarctica was losing 40 billion tons of ice each year, but by 2017, that number increased fivefold to 220 billion tons a year. The average temperature on the continent has also significantly risen.

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Do you know this landlocked country in southern Africa known for its tea?

All of Africa is at great risk of the effects of global warming. Rwanda is no exception. The country has experienced random periods of heavy rainfall and flooding as well as prolonged periods of drought.

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Do you know this country known for having more sheep than people?

Rising temperatures and melting glaciers are causing sea levels to rise around the world, and New Zealand is at great risk. Water levels are projected to rise close to 20 inches around the country within the century.

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Can you name the Caribbean country that suffered a devastating earthquake in 2010?

Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world and is at risk of irreparable damage whenever a natural disaster threatens the country. The earthquake that hit in 2010 caused $8 billion in damage and killed 230,000 people.

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Melting glaciers are making Mount Everest more dangerous than ever. Where is Mount Everest?

Mount Everest is the world's highest mountain and is becoming more dangerous to climb because of the melting glaciers and changing terrain. The warming temperatures have also led to an increase in avalanches and falling rocks.

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Do you know this Latin American city, which is the most populous city in North America?

Mexico's average temperature has risen several degrees over the past 50 years. The warming temperature affects everything from agriculture to air pollution, and climate change has been declared the biggest threat facing Mexico.

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Sandwiched between Afghanistan and India is what country known for its typhoons?

Cyclone Phet hit Pakistan in 2010. It affected 20 million people and caused nearly $1 billion in damage. Pakistan has consistently ranked in the top 10 countries threatened by climate change because of its location.

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Can you name the world's longest coral reef that's experiencing massive bleaching due to climate change?

Rising temperatures over the past several decades has caused coral bleaching all over the world. Recent studies have found that coral bleaching has caused nearly a 90% decrease in new coral growth on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Do you know the island country off the southern coast of India?

Being an island, Sri Lanka is at great risk from the effects of climate change. The country ranks as one of the most threatened countries in the 2020 Climate Risk Index. It could face massive displacement as sea levels rise.

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Mount Kilimanjaro's famous snowcap is slowly melting and could be entirely gone by 2100. Where is Mount Kilimanjaro?

Glaciers around the world are melting, and the same holds true for the glaciers atop Mount Kilimanjaro. The mountain soars more than 19,000 feet high and is Africa's tallest mountain. Scientists say the air around the summit is getting hotter or drier.

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Can you name the ocean that's melting faster and faster every summer?

The Arctic Ocean freezes every winter and thaws out every summer, but recently, it has been melting faster and taking longer to freeze each year. The melting has greatly affected the polar bear population that relies on the ice for survival.

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Do you know the most populated island country in the world that experienced a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in 2004?

Indonesia is the fourth most populated country in the world and home to Java, which is the most populated island in the world. More than 140 million people live on Java and about 260 million people live in Indonesia.

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Cyclone Nargis was the worst natural disaster in the history of what Southeast Asian country?

Cyclone Nargis originated in the Indian Ocean in 2008 and caused chaos in several Southeast Asian countries. Nearly 140,000 people were killed in Myanmar alone, and the cyclone did about $13 billion in damage in the area.

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Can you name this Asian country home to Angkor Wat and known for its rainy season?

Cambodians celebrate the end of the rainy season every year, but with global warming, that celebration is becoming more and more sporadic. The rainy season is dangerous all over the region, and Cambodia is at high risk of global warming.

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