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Climate change is a major concern across the globe as new research states the oceans are warming 40% faster than previously thought. The damage of global warming has been predicted to cause major flooding, droughts, food shortages and wildfire by 2040. So, what changes are happening around the world to help? The latest index from The Good Country reveals the top countries that are making positive global contributions to the planet and climate.

The BBC reports, Norway is the highest ranking country on the index for Planet & Climate Global Contribution. Norway is renowned for its continuous efforts to become a greener country through many environmental initiatives.

Norway’s capital, Oslo, was named the European Green Capital 2019 by the European Commission as a result of the city’s efforts to restore waterway networks and conserve natural areas. Recently, Oslo has implemented car-free zones, improved public transport and encouraged people to use electric cars. The country has the highest electric car adoption in the world and the government have pledged to become climate neutral by 2030.

Ranking third on the index, Portugal encourages people to install solar power and renewable energy into their home by offering lower rates and the ability to sell energy back. The country was also a leader for installing charging stations for electric cars.

The sandy beaches and quieter pace of life make it the perfect destination for holidays for singles over 60. Whilst in Portugal, you will notice that people are consistent in recycling and composting, as many Portuguese schools teach environmental education.

Kenya – another fantastic solo holiday destination – is twenty-sixth on the Planet & Climate index. In 2013 the Kenyan government launched its National Climate Change Action Plan to develop a low-carbon development pathway. The country has been named to have the world’s toughest ban on plastic bags, with locals and tourists risking large fines if they are seen using one. The Guardian reports the positive impact of the ban, revealing that waterways are clearer and less plastic pollution is occurring in the food chain.

Good Country’s Planet & Climate Index top 10 green countries:

  • Norway
  • Switzerland
  • Portugal
  • Slovenia
  • Cyprus
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Germany
  • Croatia
  • Slovakia