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Adding Up the Benefits of Climate Action

Our latest study adds up the benefits of climate-smart development, projects like mass transit, energy efficient buildings, waste management, and clean cookstoves, and their impact on lives saved, jobs created, crops protected, increased GDP, and the reduction of greenhouse gases that drive climate change.

Explore what we found in the interactive above, then go to the report to learn about the methodology and get more details.

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Where is Extreme Poverty?

According to a World Bank report, about 80% of the world’s poorest people live in just 10 countries. Several smaller countries, however, actually have a greater proportion of people living in extreme poverty.


Source: Prosperity for All

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Smoking Trends Around the Globe (1980-2012)

Via Mike Freeman:


"While smoking prevalence has declined in the past 30 years, the growing population has driven up the number of smokers. This interactive data visualization designed by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) allows you to explore how smoking trends have changed from 1980 to present. Dig down to specific trends by region, country, age, and gender, and even see the data used to generate estimates.”

Source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

18 Notes

What’s the Story with Food Loss and Waste?

According to the latest Food Price Watch, 1/4 to 1/3 of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted, annually. In regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, which are plagued with undernutrition, this translates into 400-500 calories lost per person, per day. 

Check out how much food is lost or wasted in your region. 

Source: Lipinski, et al., “Reducing Food Loss and Waste”; Gustavsson et al., “Global Food Losses and Food Waste.”

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Developing Countries To Grow 5.3% in 2014


According the latest Global Economic Prospects Report the world economy will strengthen in 2014. Much of the initial acceleration will reflect a pick-up in high income country growth, which after years of extreme weakness and outright recessions, appear to be finally emerging from the global financial crisis.

Data from the Global Economic Prospects Database (GEP). See more infographics from the GEP report here and here.

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know the World?

via the BBC:

“Think you’re a geography expert? Test your knowledge with BBC Travel’s Geoguessr – the game that proves how well you know the world. The world’s a huge place – get exploring!”

Below is a snapshot of the game. Click here to get started.


Where in the world is this? Take a guess.

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Average House Size by Country

In square meters:


In square feet:


From http://shrinkthatfootprint.com/how-big-is-a-house:

The average new home varies in size from 45 m2 (484 ft2) in Hong Kong up to 214 m2 (2,303 ft2) in Australia. US home size has fallen a little since the recession, to 201 m2 (2,164 ft2) in 2009.  UK house size is relatively small at  76 m2 (818 ft2) while Canadian houses are quite big at 181 m2 (1,948 ft2).  For China the data only reflects urban properties, which now average 60 m2 (646 ft2) and have almost doubled in size in the last 15 years.

Read more at http://shrinkthatfootprint.com/how-big-is-a-house#h2C4dYpuTjTRtU2y.99

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How Easy is Doing Business in Brazil?

This interactive visualization lets you explore the business environment of different countries using data from The World Bank Group’s Doing Business project which provides quantified, comparable measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 189 economies.

Published annually since 2002, Doing Business measures the efficiency and strength of laws, regulations and institutions relevant to domestic small and medium-size companies throughout their life cycle. 

Data via: http://www.doingbusiness.org/data

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How Many Years Does A Woman Have?

The interactive chart below shows average “survival curves” for females from 2005-2010. You can see that in Japan about 78% of female newborns survive up to age 80, whereas about 7% of female newborns survive up to that age in Sierra Leone. 

For the same period, life expectancy at birth for females was 86 years in Japan and 47 years in Sierra Leone. Looking at survival curves shows the distribution of mortality by age whereas life expectancy just offers a snapshot for a population. 

Interested in other countries? You can select or type the names of countries in the box below the chart to see the corresponding survival curves. Read more about life expectancy on the World Bank Data Blog  and get the source code for the visualization and data on GitHub.

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Have Industrialized Countries Reduced Their CO2 Emissions Since 1990?

via PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency:


Between 1990 and 2012, the global share of CO2 emissions from industrialized countries fell from 69% to 41%. At the same time, the share from developing countries is rapidly rising.

We created this animation from an excellent interactive data visualization by PBL that asks “Are Global CO2 Emissions Still Rising?" - it’s really worth checking out.

Data from various sources including The UN, The World Bank, The IMF.