December 2015

Thank You For Not Smoking

In some countries, cigarettes are going the way of silent films. In others, smoking is catching on like wildfire. We wonder: What policies does the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend as effective anti-tobacco tools?

A. Higher tobacco taxes
B. Health warnings and marketing restrictions
C. More restraint in trade agreements
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Millionaires of Congress

Income and wealth inequality is a hot topic around the world. In the United States, it also plays a significant role in the political process itself. In particular, the U.S. Congress, which is elected to represent the people, is filled with very wealthy individuals. We wonder: Of the 535 members of the U.S. Congress, how many are millionaires?

A. 8
B. 69
C. 205
D. 274

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Eyes wide /

Return of a Strong El Niño

From massive flooding to crippling drought and thick haze, the world has seen some extreme weather this year due to the El Niño phenomenon. The 2015 episode is projected to be one of the worst in the modern era. We wonder: Which regions of the world have already experienced devastating effects from El Niño in 2015?

A. Northern America and Europe
B. Latin America
C. Oceania
D. Eastern and Southern Africa

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Norman Chan /

Inflation: Ready for a Comeback?

Inflation has all but disappeared from the policy agenda of developed countries. But that is not the case for other countries around the world that are in the news. We wonder: Which of the following countries is expected to have the highest rate of inflation in 2016?

A. Venezuela
B. Ukraine
C. Zimbabwe
D. South Sudan

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abutyrin /

Why India Digs Coal

Producing more power is key to sustaining India’s economic growth and reducing poverty. At the same time, power generation also has direct effects on health and the environment. We wonder: Which of the following statements about India’s power needs are true?

A. India has more people without access to electricity than any other country.
B. India is the world’s third-largest consumer of coal.
C. India is the world’s third-largest source of carbon emissions.
D. India is only the 110th-largest source of carbon emissions per capita.

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