November 2006

Energizer Bunny

Despite all the concern about climate change, the demand for energy has continued to grow. In fact, energy consumption across the globe increased by 80% from 1975 to 2004. Which of these regions increased its use of energy by the lowest percentage?

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The U.S. Federal Budget and the World

On October 1, 2006, another budget year began in the United States. While politicians are always stressing the need to limit the size of the federal government, the size of the U.S. federal budget dwarfs the entire economies of many countries. We wonder: Which major country’s entire annual economic output is about the same size as the U.S. federal budget?

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Weighing UN Member States

When the United Nations was established in October 1945, it had 51 member states. Back then, 22 of them — representing 40% of all members — were countries located in North and South America. Now that the organization has grown to 192 members, we wonder: Which continent has the highest number of UN member states?

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Back to the Future?

With every new record export total reached by China, many other countries are becoming increasingly nervous about the country’s economic rise. India, for its part, is also on the fast track toward attaining a much more significant role in the global economy. We wonder: What percentage of world GDP did China and India account for back in 1870?

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