August 2013

The Trillionaires Club

As of 1990, only five countries in the world had a GDP in excess of $1 trillion — the United States, Japan, Germany, the Soviet Union and France. By 2000, this club had nine members. Now, even the world’s 17th largest economy has an annual GDP of $1 trillion. Can you name that country?

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Renewable Electricity

Many consumers flip on a light switch, boot up a computer or even plug in an electric car without realizing one key fact: Much of the presumably clean electricity they are using is generated by coal or other fossil fuels. We wonder: Which of these countries performs best when it comes to producing its electricity from renewable sources?

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Catholics Around the World

The Catholic Church has a new leader, Pope Francis. The number of Catholics in the world is estimated to be about 1.2 billion today. That puts their number right between India’s and China’ population. We wonder: Which country boasts the largest Catholic community in the world?

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