Category: Our World in Data

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What are the carbon opportunity costs of our food?

What are the carbon opportunity costs of our food?

We get this figure from the change in actual versus potential carbon stocks from current agricultural land. This amounts to 387 gigatonnes of [...]
How much economic growth is necessary to reduce global poverty substantially?

How much economic growth is necessary to reduce global poverty substantially?

To calculate the minimum growth that is necessary one has to rely on a scenario that would allow the maximal reduction of global poverty under minim [...]
Emerging COVID-19 success story: Vietnam’s commitment to containment

Emerging COVID-19 success story: Vietnam’s commitment to containment

Institutional affiliations: (i) Partnership for Health Advancement in Vietnam, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (ii) Oxford University C [...]
Emerging COVID-19 success story: Germany’s push to maintain progress

Emerging COVID-19 success story: Germany’s push to maintain progress

Institutional affiliations: (i) Robert Koch Institute (ii) Health Protection Authority, City of Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main World Bank. [...]
How much of global greenhouse gas emissions come from food?

How much of global greenhouse gas emissions come from food?

It is nothing new that estimates of food emissions span a wide spectrum. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Clim [...]
Global poverty in an unequal world: Who is considered poor in a rich country? And what does this mean for our understanding of global poverty?

Global poverty in an unequal world: Who is considered poor in a rich country? And what does this mean for our understanding of global poverty?

Poverty lines in European countries As mentioned before most European countries set their poverty line at 60% of the median income in the country. [...]
Emerging COVID-19 success story: South Korea learned the lessons of MERS

Emerging COVID-19 success story: South Korea learned the lessons of MERS

Institutional affiliations: (i) Ariadne Labs, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health & Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachus [...]
If the world adopted a plant-based diet we would reduce global agricultural land use from 4 to 1 billion hectares

If the world adopted a plant-based diet we would reduce global agricultural land use from 4 to 1 billion hectares

This data is based on the global median land use of different food products as presented in Poore and Nemecek (2018). This meta-analysis looke [...]
Do rich countries import deforestation from overseas?

Do rich countries import deforestation from overseas?

Many rich countries are driving deforestation in other parts of the world, but are regrowing forests domestically. 79% of exported deforestation end [...]
Cutting down forests: what are the drivers of deforestation?

Cutting down forests: what are the drivers of deforestation?

There are a number of estimates on what share of deforestation is driven by agriculture. The differences in these estimates are often explaine [...]
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