January 2014

Reducing Child Mortality

One of the most important benchmarks of the world’s overall social and economic development is our success in reducing the rate of child mortality. We wonder: What is the likelihood that a child born today will live beyond his or her fifth birthday?

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Taking Stock of Global Stock Markets

As a sign that at least some sectors of the global economy have recovered from the financial crisis of 2007-08, the combined value of the world’s major stock markets hit at an all-time high in December 2013. We wonder: What percentage of world stock market capitalization does the United States account for?

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China’s Water Woes

China is home to one-sixth of the world’s population. Despite its recent wave of industrialization, large regions of the country are still dominated by agriculture. As a result, China’s water needs are tremendous. We wonder: What percentage of the world’s renewable freshwater supply does China possess?

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America’s 50-Year War on Poverty

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared “unconditional war” on poverty in his State of the Union address on January 8, 1964. There is still much work to be done — especially among the country’s minority groups. We wonder: Which of the United States’ major racial groups has the highest poverty rate?

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Diabetes — A Global View

Among the most widespread and costly of diseases, type 2 diabetes is also largely preventable. Unfortunately, this form of diabetes is driving a rapid increase in diabetes worldwide. We wonder: Which of the world’s regions is expected to have the largest increase in diabetes over the next two decades?

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