November 2013

The Return of the BICs

Over the last two decades, global economic growth has been powered in large part by extraordinary growth in Brazil, India and China — the “BIC” countries — as well as other emerging markets. That strong growth is now slowing down, even though the other major economies are also still mostly in the doldrums. We wonder: What percentage share of the global economy will the BICs account for in 2050?

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Clean Economies

One of the best ways to measure improvements in the global environment is to look at emissions intensity — i.e., the level of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in relation to the size of a country’s economy. We wonder: Which of the following countries is closest to the level of the United States?

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Africa’s Unretiring Leaders

Africa — especially its northernmost countries — have been the site of much turmoil and change in recent years. In 2011, the Arab Spring ended the reign of some of the continent’s longest-serving rulers. We wonder: Which current African leader has led his country the longest?

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The True Size of Africa

Africa has been the subject of many of the world’s worries: Is it overpopulated? Does it have sufficient natural resources? Can it grow enough food? One thing Africa has plenty of is land. We wonder: Which of the following countries or regions would fit most closely within the size of Africa?

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