Category: Our World in Data

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To understand how the pandemic is evolving, it’s crucial to know how death rates from COVID differ by vaccination status. The death rate is a key metr [...]
200 years ago, everyone lacked democratic rights. Now, billions of people have them

200 years ago, everyone lacked democratic rights. Now, billions of people have them

When French revolutionaries stormed the Bastille prison in 1789 in pursuit of liberty, equality, and fraternity (and weapons), they could not have ima [...]
Data Review: How many people die from air pollution?

Data Review: How many people die from air pollution?

The diameter of human hair varies, 75µm is a commonly cited reference value https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hair%27s_breadth Heft-Neal, S., Burney, J., [...]
How do death rates from COVID-19 differ between people who are vaccinated and those who are not?

How do death rates from COVID-19 differ between people who are vaccinated and those who are not?

The Our World in Data COVID-19 Vaccination dataset is open-access, free and available for everyone to use at our Coronavirus Vaccinations page. Pleas [...]
We’ve just published our new data explorer on Natural Disasters

We’ve just published our new data explorer on Natural Disasters

This explorer does not provide data on the severity or frequency of disasters over time.It provides information on the human and economic impacts of d [...]
Extreme poverty: how far have we come, how far do we still have to go?

Extreme poverty: how far have we come, how far do we still have to go?

Throughout this article – and in global income and expenditure data generally – the statisticians who produce these figures are careful to make these [...]
We’ve just updated all of our data on global CO₂ emissions

We’ve just updated all of our data on global CO₂ emissions

Why do greenhouse gas emissions matter? Emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases – are a primary driver of climate change.  Over th [...]
Fossil fuel subsidies: If we want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions we should not pay people to burn fossil-fuels

Fossil fuel subsidies: If we want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions we should not pay people to burn fossil-fuels

For political leaders the attractiveness of fuel subsidies is obvious. Access to cheap energy is important to people and subsidies are a very visible [...]
Access to basic education: Almost 60 million children in primary school age are not in school

Access to basic education: Almost 60 million children in primary school age are not in school

Of the world’s 787 million children of primary school age, 8% do not go to school. That’s 58.4 million children. Our World in Data presents the data a [...]
We just published our new work on global fish stocks and overfishing

We just published our new work on global fish stocks and overfishing

Schijns, R., Froese, R., Hutchings, J. A., Pauly, D., & Raicevich, S. (2021). Five centuries of cod catches in Eastern Canada. ICES Journal o [...]
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