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Your 50-year news report: humanity is actually in good shape. If we only produced a newspaper every 50 years what would we put in it?

Your 50-year news report: humanity is actually in good shape

Well, despite today’s mood of crisis, pessimism, alarm and antagonism, the semicentennial 2019 edition would probably be pretty upbeat. In the 50 years since we landed on the moon (and since I was born) progress down here on Earth has been stellar. We’ve made remarkable advances in tackling poverty and child mortality, as the world’s economy has grown more than thirtyfold since the giant leap for mankind. When it comes to public health, we’ve either eradicated (smallpox) or driven back (guinea worm, polio, malaria, sleeping sickness) a whole textbook of diseases, and fought back strongly against some of the most deadliest of all, including HIV and cancer. (This week, Sarah Boseley discovered great hope for the battle against cervical cancer). If 100 people lived on earth —1 person owns half of all money —56 have no Internet access —14 people can't read.

European countries by whether the majority of inhabitants say they believe in God. Source. Religion, wealth and why the US is different to the rest of the world #religion #faith… #Map shows which countries are most likely to be labelled "no data" in maps. So meta! High res version here. Twitter. Human Development Data (1980-2015) Five better indicators than GDP. GDP is like a speedometer: it tells you whether your economy is going faster or slower.

Five better indicators than GDP

As in cars, a speedometer is useful but doesn’t tell you everything you want to know. For example, it won’t tell you whether you are overheating, or about to run out of fuel. Development indicators: Interactive data (Legatum) Who has to work the longest to buy an iPhone? How many hours must you work to buy a new iPhone?

Who has to work the longest to buy an iPhone?

It varies dramatically around the world, reflecting disparities in productivity and purchasing power. According to a report by UBS that aims to measure well-being by estimating how many minutes workers in various countries must work to afford either an iphone, a Big Mac, a kilo of bread or a kilo of rice, the average worker in Zurich or New York can buy an iPhone 6 in under three working days.

In Kiev, by contrast, it would take 13 weeks (or 627 hours) to buy the same phone. Image: UBS Price and Earnings 2015 The report also shows how in Kenya it would take three hours of labour to buy a Big Mac, while in the United States, it would take just ten minutes. To achieve gender equality in India, build more toilets. When we talk about gender equality, the conversation naturally steers towards the workplace and how women should receive the same pay as men.

To achieve gender equality in India, build more toilets

The Global Shapers Annual Survey 2016 also validated this sentiment as more than 60% of millennials all over the world voted equal pay as the most important factor that will contribute to gender equality at work. This is very important but gender equality goes well beyond the workplace. I was recently reflecting on my childhood in South India. We would go on occasional trips to the nearest town, Madurai, which is 12km from the university campus where we lived. After dusk, whenever the vehicle crossed between villages, I used to notice a group of women standing by the side of the road.

It took several years for me to understand that these women defecate in the open, especially by the road side. No more 'developing countries' Two countries, one island, life-and-death differences. Meanwhile, its neighbor -- the Dominican Republic -- has weathered similar disasters with vastly different results.

Two countries, one island, life-and-death differences

How come the two countries fare so differently despite sharing the same island, Hispaniola? Here are some key disparities between Haiti and Dominican Republic, which contribute to each country's ability to recover from natural and man-made disasters: Both countries are at risk for earthquakes and hurricanes. The map below shows what portions of Hispaniola Island lie on earthquake fault lines.

The red shaded area shows earthquake fault lines in Haiti, while the yellow shows earthquake fault lines in the Dominican Republic. A map of the hungriest countries in the world. At the current rate, global hunger isn't going away any time soon.

A map of the hungriest countries in the world

The most recent Global Hunger Index, published by the International Food Policy Research Institute, found that the global community is not on course to end hunger by the UN's goal of 2030. The World Map of Billionaires. Are skyscrapers an indicator of development? Location of all +250m Skyscrapers Worldwide. Sometimes, a graph is so eloquent that commentary is superfluous. These 3 Animated Charts Capture the Economic Rise of Asia.

The economic rise of Asia has been swift, but it has also been a little reckless at times.

These 3 Animated Charts Capture the Economic Rise of Asia

China’s rapid spending and investment has come at a price. The country is now saddled with a massive debt bomb that could detonate at any moment. Further, economic interests have helped to create a precarious situation in the South China Sea, which many experts see as having escalating potential for armed conflict. Such actions would disrupt trade along one of the most important sea routes in the world.

To be fair, no one ever said that executing on five-year plans would be easy. Despite the possible economic landmines that could be waiting for China, it is still impressive how fast this all happened. Toilets of the world (Dollar Street) Dollar Street. Kenya lights the way for beleaguered youth of sub-Saharan Africa. Kenya has made the greatest strides in improving the conditions of young people over the past five years, according to a new index of global youth development.

Kenya lights the way for beleaguered youth of sub-Saharan Africa

Together with four other sub-Saharan countries – South Africa, Niger, Togo and Malawi – Kenya made the largest gains globally across a range of criteria, from health to political participation. However, sub-Saharan Africa still trailed all other regions in the global youth development index, produced by the Commonwealth and covering 183 countries. Homicide rates in Europe declined over the last 700 years. Mortality due to cardiovascular disease by region in Europe. If the World Economy Were the Solar System. How Many Hours Do People Have to Work to Buy a Gallon of #Petrol? #dataviz. The Impact of Obamacare, in Four Maps. Percent Uninsured The share of people without health insurance keeps falling.

The Impact of Obamacare, in Four Maps

Since 2013, when the major provisions of Obamacare went into effect, the uninsured rate has fallen in every state. And some states that you might not expect have led the way. World population living in extreme poverty, 1820-2015 - Our World In Data. The world's fastest mode of transport could soon be here. Imagine if it only took a day for products to travel over land from China to Germany.

The world's fastest mode of transport could soon be here

It could soon be a reality, if Russia goes ahead with a plan to introduce a new fast-speed pipeline called the Hyperloop. Much as oil and gas travel through pipes, cargo and passengers may soon find themselves shooting through pneumatic tubes at speeds of up to 760 miles per hour. Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk once envisioned a tube transportation project that could move passengers and cargo from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes. Two companies – Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop Technologies) and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) – are now exploring Musk’s idea with a view to building the first transport-ready tube by 2020.

According to the chief executive officer of Hyperloop One, feasibility studies have been launched not only in Russia but also in the United Arab Emirates, Finland, the United Kingdom and the United States. #Map compares homicide rates in #USA with #Europe. Why is Europe much more peaceful? Of the world’s 7 billion people, 6 billion have mobile phones. Only 4.5 billion have access to toilets or latrines □ #WorldToiletDay WHO. Global prosperity: Poverty falling, inequality declining (still huge), and median income doubled. New chart from. Compare squatter settlement w ancient Roman kitchen. These major European countries have been ranked by standard of living. Not all poor children can become slumdog millionaires. Today’s blog for Universal Children’s Day is by Olivier Thevenon and Alastair Wood of the OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Some children are luckier than others.

The story of Jamal Malik in the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire is a rags to riches story of a young Indian boy from the slums of Mumbai. Living in extreme poverty, poorly educated, and turning to crime, Jamal’s childhood does not suggest that success is round the corner. But thanks to a rare combination of luck, coincidence and a significant amount of chutzpah he does go on to hit the jackpot as a contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.

Of course, in reality, such good fortune is extremely rare and disadvantaged children often struggle to turn their life around. In most countries children are more impacted by poverty than adults. Australia below OECD average but more to do! Africa In Data - Our World In Data. Will Africa ever change? Homicide rates per 100,000 in Europe and the US. What happens when education levels increase? For at least the past one 100 years, the growth of industrialised economies has been remarkably balanced; output per worker has increased at a roughly constant rate, while the capital-output ratio, the real return on capital, and the shares of capital and labour in national income have remained fairly constant (Kaldor 1961, Jones 2015).

Understanding why economies exhibit balanced growth is important for policymakers interested in how new technologies and changing institutions will affect long-run economic performance and the division of income between capital and labour. In recent work (Grossman et al. 2016), we study the causes of balanced growth and argue that it results from schooling levels increasing over time. This suggests investment in education has a crucial, but previously overlooked role in shaping long-run growth dynamics. The origins of balanced growth: A puzzle But there is a problem. Figure 1. Source: Federal Reserve Bank Economic Data (FRED), Series PIRIC and PERIC. “Number of people in extreme poverty fell by 130,000 since yesterday” should have been the headline every single day in the last 2 decades. Watch 40 years of the world getting fatter in this animated map. ***Interactive UK statistics. We’re always looking for new ways to bring statistics to light and so we’ve assembled a list of highlights of the past year, from tools to aid understanding of the EU referendum debate, to issues like migration, unpaid work and the gender pay gap.

Test your knowledge on the gender pay gap Did you know that the average gap in pay between men and women in the UK is 9.4%? Test your knowledge on the difference between earnings of men and women in seven different occupations ASHE full-time earnings gender pay gap, 2016, UK Baby Names – how popular is yours? India’s growth is outpacing China’s. Here’s how they did it. India’s GDP per capita (in terms of purchasing power parity) almost doubled between 2007 and 2016, from $3,587 to $6,599. Growth slowed after the 2008 crisis, hitting a decade low in 2012-2013. Smoking - Our World In Data. Governments have a $1 trillion prize to unlock. And Switzerland and Germany might have the key.

*** IMR Every baby born in Scotland this summer will be given a cardboard box they can sleep in. The world's 15 safest cities, according to the Economist. Education IS the most powerful way to change society. SKorea went from mass illiteracy to most adv soc in 2 genrtns. Many countries outscored the US in the recent PISA science/reading/math test given to 15-year-olds. Dollar Street. These are the places with the fastest internet in the world. Read more. These 6 charts prove why the world is better than it's ever been. GRAPHIC: Countries with life expectancy below 60 years. Which countries are on the right track, according to their citizens?

12 charts that explain the good - and the bad - trends from 2016. Chart: The Countries With The Fastest Internet. Latest figures According to Akamai, South Korea is well ahead of the pack when it comes to fast internet. These are the places with the fastest internet in the world. Where smoking is on the rise. *****GDP v HDI: The New 1st, 2nd, and 3rd World. The world as 100 people, glimpsed over 200 years of history.

Global Reach Map. Modern, globalised lifestyles fuelling obesity epidemic. A new LSE study suggests that our 21st century, globalised lifestyles are fuelling the rise of obesity. The study, published in Food Policy, compared the link between globalisation and obesity, measuring two kinds of globalisation; economic, which leads to lower food prices and increased trade, and social, which has led to increased sedentary recreation activities. The authors found that ‘social globalisation’ has the strongest association with rising obesity rates, and conclude that individual lifestyle changes such as reducing calorie intake and increased activity levels, are necessary to address the rising world obesity rates.

This map shows how many millions of children are exposed to dangerously high levels of pollution. Almost one in seven children – a total of 300 million – live in areas with extreme air pollution, according to a report by UNICEF. That means that they are breathing air that exceeds international limits by at least six times. ***Infrastructure for development: How low-income countries can strengthen their growth. Today in Ladybird 13 Feb 1832 the first appearance of cholera in London. Very clever graph by @joe_atikian compares lifespan of royalty with lifespan of average population over six centuries. #Demographics. Public #health: in 1988 globally 388,000 new #polio cases were counted annually. Last year 37 cases were registered! Total number of PhD graduates indicates intellectual firepower, share of pop indicates influence within country.

These are the European countries where the most people smoke. Read more Source: Eurostat. Life expectancy doubled in each world region. Life expectancy globally and by world regions since 1770. Life expectancy by country: #Spain leads in #Europe. *****Brain scans of 1,100 kids found that low incomes meant exponentially severe losses in brain development #basicincome. Travel Risk Map (2017) Global health and travel security risks review. MEDICAL RISK RATING DEFINITIONSInternational SOS assigns medical risk ratings to countries* by assessing a range of health risks and mitigating factors including: infectious diseases, environmental factors, medical evacuation data, the standard of available local emergency medical and dental care, access to quality pharmaceutical supplies, and cultural, language or administrative barriers.

TRAVEL SECURITY RISK RATING DEFINITIONSThe travel security risk rating evaluates the threat posed to travellers and international assignees by political violence (including terrorism, insurgency, politically motivated unrest and war), social unrest (including sectarian, communal and ethnic violence) as well as violent and petty crime. Via Travel Risk. 2017 Terrorist Attacks. 5 charts that show the global state of smoking. Do vegetarians live longer? This is what the latest research says. Do vegetarians live longer? This is what the latest research says #health. #Map shows #recycling rates across #Europe. I'm a bit sceptical about the low rates in Scandinavia... Uk.businessinsider. Wonderful animation from the king of big picture data @MaxCRoser plots mean years of schooling and child mortality.

*****Well-being: Denmark has the best work-life balance. Here’s why. There’s a new ranking of the healthiest countries. How is yours doing? These countries have the most doctoral graduates #education #edchat. Is there a link between happiness & a nation's disaster risk management? #switch2sendai #InternationalDayOfHappiness #MEXICOGP2017. (Un)Happy Nations - Views of the World. These are the countries where workers are best at English. #Map shows which countries are most likely to be labelled "no data" in maps. So meta! High res version here. *****Infrastructure: How low-income countries can strengthen their growth. ***How many economies you can fit in California? GDP of each German state if they were an independent nation. The link between English and economics. There are no cities safer than these. Read more. The 11 best economies in the world to live in, according the the UN.

2016 Human Development Report. These 6 charts prove why the world is better than it's ever been. *****The link between English and economics. New visualisation: Extreme poverty decreases when average national incomes grow. The research behind it is here. On mobile press on the GIF to stop animation to get a chance to read the #map. Fun little exercise.

*****TACTICS (high performing education systems): These countries could be the world's new education superstars #edchat. Index.