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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)

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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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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:

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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.

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How the World’s Population Is Changing

From The Washington Post

This map shows current population growth trends, based on data from a new UNFPA report.

"The blue countries are growing, with darker blue countries growing very rapidly. Purple countries are growing slowly or are about stagnant, with less than 1% population growth every year. Red countries are actually shrinking, typically because people are leaving and/or because they’re not having enough babies, and that can cause huge problems.”


Source: United Nations Population Fund

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How Women Fare Around The World

via The World Economic Forum

The Global Gender Gap Report 2013 benchmarks national gender gaps in 136 countries based on economic, political, education and health criteria. This interactive map visualizes a ranking of the countries evaluated.

Data available in the World Economic Forum report  and also via The Guardian’s coverage of this index. 

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It’s Our Birthday!


Top Countries that Visit Us

  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. India
  4. Canada
  5. Netherlands
  6. France
  7. Germany
  8. Australia
  9. Indonesia


We’ve been on Tumblr for a little over one awesome year! We couldn’t have done it without you and your excellent submissions, especially:

Tumblr - You are the best. Thank you for giving the data and design nerds of the world who want to end poverty a space to call home.

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