December 2007

Red Carding the World’s Species

Each year, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) in Geneva publishes the so-called Red List of Threatened Species, which authoritatively tracks the world's threatened species. The number of species threatened with extinction in the past year has increased slightly — from 16,118 to 16,306. At the same time, only one single species has seen its status improve. Which species is that?

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Dominant Capitals

Countries' capital cities can generate a large proportion of their nation's total economic output. The actual percentage of GDP depends, in part, on the economic performance of other cities around the country. We wonder: Which of the following capitals accounts for the highest share of its country's entire GDP?

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The Plight of India’s Women

At over 564 million, the number of females in India is about 90 million larger than the populations of the United States, Russia and Canada combined. Despite the country's rapid economic growth, women in India still face a vast array of challenges. We wonder: Which of the following statements about India's women are true?

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The World's Five Richest People

In order to rank among the five richest people on earth, one has to have amassed a wealth of over $40 billion. Because of the ups and downs of global stock prices, the names on that exclusive list — and the precise figures for their net worth — are always in a bit of flux. We wonder: How many of the world’s five richest people currently hail from emerging market countries?

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