December 2009

Latin America's Fastest Grower

The countries of Latin America are often among the hardest hit when a financial crisis is holding the world in its grip — even if its root cause is far away. This time, though, the region is faring much better. We wonder: Which of these Latin American countries is expected to have the fastest economic growth in 2009?

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Millionaires Galore

The global financial crisis has shifted the economic landscape, with some traditionally rich regions losing economic influence — while emerging economies continue to gain wealth. We wonder: After the United States, Japan and Germany, which country has the most millionaires?

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U.S. CO2 Emissions Gone Global

While Americans produce a disproportionately large amount of CO2, the contributions of the citizens of other nations are often comparatively small. We wonder: If all of the world's nearly seven billion people contributed as much CO2 as the average American, to what level would the world's population need to shrink to keep the current global level of CO2 unchanged?

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The Second-Noblest Nation

Each December, the Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm and Oslo. This is an area where the United States continues to excel, having produced far more Nobel Laureates than any other nation. We wonder: Which country ranks second in its number of Nobel Prize winners?

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