Category: Our World in Data

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The International Energy Agency publishes the detailed, global energy data we all need, but its funders force it behind paywalls. Let’s ask them to change it.

The International Energy Agency publishes the detailed, global energy data we all need, but its funders force it behind paywalls. Let’s ask them to change it.

To make the transition to low-carbon energy sources and address climate change we need open data on the global energy system. High-quality data alread [...]
Which countries are on track to reach global COVID-19 vaccination targets?

Which countries are on track to reach global COVID-19 vaccination targets?

For each country, we calculate the current vaccination rate as the average number of people who received their first dose of a vaccine per day, over t [...]
We just published our new data explorer on Climate Change Impacts

We just published our new data explorer on Climate Change Impacts

Explore data on CO2 and Greehouse Gas Emissions Emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases – are the primary driver of climate change. In [...]
Can we reduce fertilizer use without sacrificing food production?

Can we reduce fertilizer use without sacrificing food production?

You might notice that most of the largest polluters are middle-income countries. During the 1960s and 1970s, many of today’s middle-income countries k [...]
Excess fertilizer use: Which countries cause environmental damage by overapplying fertilizers?

Excess fertilizer use: Which countries cause environmental damage by overapplying fertilizers?

This research finds that globally farmers apply around 115 million tonnes of nitrogen to our crops every year. Only around 35% of this is used by them [...]
To protect the world’s wildlife we must improve crop yields – especially across Africa

To protect the world’s wildlife we must improve crop yields – especially across Africa

Ellis, E. C., Beusen, A. H., & Goldewijk, K. K. (2020). Anthropogenic Biomes: 10,000 BCE to 2015 CE. Land, 9(5), 129.Williams, D. R., Clark, M., B [...]
Depression is complicated – this is how our understanding of the condition has evolved over time

Depression is complicated – this is how our understanding of the condition has evolved over time

Wallace, E. R., & Gach, J. (Eds.). (2008). History of psychiatry and medical psychology: With an epilogue on psychiatry and the mind-body relation [...]
Depression is complicated and our understanding of the condition has evolved over time

Depression is complicated and our understanding of the condition has evolved over time

Wallace, E. R., & Gach, J. (Eds.). (2008). History of psychiatry and medical psychology: With an epilogue on psychiatry and the mind-body relation [...]
Smallholders produce one-third of the world’s food, less than half of what many headlines claim

Smallholders produce one-third of the world’s food, less than half of what many headlines claim

Lowder, S. K., Skoet, J., & Raney, T. (2016). The number, size, and distribution of farms, smallholder farms, and family farms worldwide. World De [...]
How much of the world’s food production is dependent on pollinators?

How much of the world’s food production is dependent on pollinators?

Rader, R., Bartomeus, I., Garibaldi, L. A., Garratt, M. P., Howlett, B. G., Winfree, R., … & Woyciechowski, M. (2016). Non-bee insects are importa [...]
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