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The five countries most likely to survive an apocalyptic nuclear winter

Scientists believe they know where to go if 2023 is the year that the world collapses.

Due to Russia’s invasion in Ukraine and the current climate crisis, the Doomsday Clock is now closer to global disaster than ever.

Researchers now believe Australia , New Zealand and Australia are the five islands most likely to survive an apocalyptic nuke winter.

The University of Otago and Adapt Research in New Zealand conducted the study to assess the effects of “a severe sun-reducing disaster” such as a super volcano, nuclear war, or asteroid strike on global agriculture systems.


Researchers discovered that Australia, New Zealand Iceland and Vanuatu are most capable of producing food in spite of the fall in temperature and reduced sunlight. This helps to restart a fallen civilisation.

The researchers examined the effects of sudden sunlight reduction scenarios (ASRS), on 38 islands nations, and determined 13 factors that could determine their survival.

These included comparing nations’ food production, energy independence, manufacturing, trade relationships, social cohesion and population size.

The study found that there will be survivors in every region of the globe, even those with the most severe ASRS. Only the “resilient” countries will survive.

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The case study was New Zealand, which they used as a model. They found that while New Zealand might be able produce enough food in times of crisis, its “shortcomings” were in its manufacturing and dependence on imports.

Researchers found that the effects of nuclear winter and other ASRS would not be felt equally. The most severe and likely to occur in the Northern Hemisphere is radioactive contamination, physical destruction, and temperature drop. This is rather than the Southern Hemisphere.

Researchers concluded that ASRS would be less severe in islands, especially those located in the Southern Hemisphere. Targeted preparation could help increase the likelihood of a global recovery in complex technological societies such as those found on these islands.

The research was published in Risk Analysis, an international journal.

Image: The soot produced by large warhead explosions can cause a nuclear winter. File pic of an imaginary atomic blast

A nuclear winter is a result of huge fireballs from exploding nuclear warheads igniting large areas of land. These fireballs cause massive plumes and smoke that eventually end up in the atmosphere covering the entire planet. Millions would die from the effects of nuclear apocalypse on their food supplies, but millions more would be affected.


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