Category: Our World in Data

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Child Mortality: an everyday tragedy of enormous scale that we can make progress against

Child Mortality: an everyday tragedy of enormous scale that we can make progress against

As I’ve written before, it is true that all three statements are true at the same time: The world is much better, the world is awful, the world can be [...]
Smoking: How large of a global problem is it? And how can we make progress against it?

Smoking: How large of a global problem is it? And how can we make progress against it?

The two regularly updated studies on the global death toll from tobacco use – published respectively by the World Health Organization and the Institut [...]
Three billion people cannot afford a healthy diet

Three billion people cannot afford a healthy diet

A useful way to bring context to food prices is to compare the cost of a healthy diet with the median income of countries across the world.Both of the [...]
Energy poverty and indoor air pollution: a problem as old as humanity that we can end within our lifetime

Energy poverty and indoor air pollution: a problem as old as humanity that we can end within our lifetime

This is a composite image of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012. It [...]
The world is making progress on clean water and sanitation, but is far behind its target to ensure universal access by 2030

The world is making progress on clean water and sanitation, but is far behind its target to ensure universal access by 2030

SDG Target 6.2 is to: “achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation” by 2030.Where are we today? In [...]
Which countries have mandatory childhood vaccination policies?

Which countries have mandatory childhood vaccination policies?

Overall, we found that the occurrence of recent outbreaks is a major factor in the introduction of mandatory vaccination, particularly for high and up [...]
Emissions from food alone could use up all of our budget for 1.5°C or 2°C – but we have a range of opportunities to avoid this

Emissions from food alone could use up all of our budget for 1.5°C or 2°C – but we have a range of opportunities to avoid this

If we’re serious about tackling climate change we need to reduce emissions from food production. What can we do? We have a number of options – some fa [...]
We just published our new data explorer on Crop Yields

We just published our new data explorer on Crop Yields

EndnotesThe origin and history of corn crops is an interesting topic and widely discussed within the scientific literature. Am accessible overview of [...]
Why do we need to know about progress if we are concerned about the world’s large problems?

Why do we need to know about progress if we are concerned about the world’s large problems?

It is crucial to grow the number of people who know that progress is possible because almost all the world’s most pressing problems are collective act [...]
Why do we need to know about progress if we are concerned about the large problems that the world faces?

Why do we need to know about progress if we are concerned about the large problems that the world faces?

It is crucial to grow the number of people who know that progress is possible because almost all the world’s most pressing problems are collective act [...]
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