September 2012

America’s 1% Vs. the Globe’s 1.3 Billion

According to the World Bank, there are approximately 1.3 billion people who live on $1.25 dollars (or less) per day, measured on a purchasing power basis. That amounts to, at most, about $460 per year. We wonder: If you added all of these people’s incomes, the sum would be equal to the total income of what percentage of richest Americans?

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Contraception Counts

The health, social and economic benefits of contraceptive use are substantial. And yet, many women in developing countries who want to avoid pregnancy are not using effective, modern methods of contraception. We wonder: How many women of reproductive age (15-49 years) in the developing world have an unmet need for contraception?

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India, Energy Consumption Giant?

700 millions Indians — close to one-tenth of the global population — recently had to contend with a power blackout. Despite high rates of population and economic growth, much of the world still views India as a small player in the global energy market. We wonder: Which of the following statements about India’s energy are true?

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Global Travel Champion

For the first time ever, world travelers spent more than $1 trillion on international tourism activities last year. With the summer travel season coming to an end in the Northern part of the globe (and still a few months away in the Southern hemisphere), we wonder: Which nation spends the most on tourism beyond its own borders?

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