The United States has long drawn immigrants from Latin America. This is often due to the lack of economic opportunity in their home countries. We wonder: Which of the following Central or South American countries has the lowest median income?
Poverty among children is one of the key scourges of humanity. It condemns children at a critical stage of development to poor nutrition, education, housing and more – with life-long consequences. We wonder: Which of these G20 economies has the lowest share of its children living in poverty?
Beer likely dates as far back as humans have grown cereal crops. Thousands of years after people first fermented grain into beer, the world population drank 184.8 billion liters of it in 2016. It is the most popular alcoholic beverage by a wide margin. We wonder: In which country do people consume the most beer?
Most of the Amazon River basin is located within Brazil, but the Amazon rainforest spans altogether nine countries. It also plays an integral role in global greenhouse gas emission control, as well as for global biodiversity. And yet, it is being chopped down on a continuous basis. We wonder: What country is closest in size to the Brazilian Amazon’s lost forest cover since 1969?
Tobacco continues to pose one of the world’s largest public health challenges, killing 6 million people each year. It is smoked, chewed and otherwise consumed all over the world. With governments and international health organizations stepping up their efforts to curb tobacco use, we wonder: Which country produces more tobacco than any other?
This month, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil hosts the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The country has been on a roller coaster of late – politically, economically and socially. Which of these statements about Brazil are true?
A. It has the world’s fifth-largest population
B. It has Latin America’s second-largest proven oil reserves
C. It is the world’s seventh-largest economy
D. Economic inequality is much greater than in developed economies. Continue reading →
The United States leads world in being the home country of billionaires. Among the global Top 10, eight are Americans – including the richest. Only the second and fourth spots are held by non-Americans. We wonder: Which nation is home to the second-richest person?
Women are making progress in the leadership ranks of many countries. We wonder: Among the world’s 20 most populous nations, how many have so far had a woman as head of government or state in modern times?
From hamburgers in the United States and steak tartare in France to beef Stroganoff in Russia and sukiyaki in Japan, beef has long been a staple of the world’s dinner tables. More and more, beef is a vital ingredient in world trade. We wonder: Which country exports the most beef?
The December 2015 climate talks in Paris are focusing the world’s attention anew on the major global sources of greenhouse gas emissions. We wonder: What percentage of global CO2 emissions from human activity stems from deforestation and land conversion?