While some regions of the world are grappling with the social and economic challenges of a “youth bulge,” other regions are facing the challenges of an aging population. We wonder: What is the median age of all the people alive on earth today?
According to the World Bank, “extreme poverty” is the condition in which a person is trying to survive on less than $1.90 per day. We wonder: What share of the population of sub-Saharan Africa lives in extreme poverty today?
Germany has been much in the headlines recently as destination for refugees from conflicts in Africa and the Middle East. Looking at a world map, we wonder: Which two major North American cities are located along the same latitude north of the earth’s equator as Germany?
A. Miami, Florida
B. Washington, D.C.
C. Seattle, Washington
D. Edmonton, Alberta
As part of the current refugee crisis hitting the EU from countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, the share of Muslim populations living in Western countries has moved into the center of debate. We wonder: What is the percentage share of Muslims in the total population of the United States today?
In 2009, for the first time in history over half of the world’s population lived in urban areas. As of 2015, there are about 500 metropolitan areas around the world with a population of one million people or more. We wonder: How many of these million-people cities are in China alone?
Since its founding in 1998, Google’s rise has been meteoric. But has the company grown too big? There are those who argue that its dominance of key aspects of the Internet warrants antitrust action, whether by authorities in Europe, the United States or elsewhere. Do you know what Google’s current market share is?
First invented in the 1860s and developed for industry in the 1920s, plastic production exploded in the 1940s, when it became one of the fastest-growing global industries. We wonder: Which of the following statements is true about the global plastics industry today?
A. Annual global plastics production amounts to nearly 300 million tons.
B. The average American or European consumes about 100 kilograms of plastic a year.
C. China takes in more than half of worldwide waste plastic each year.
D. Millions of tons of plastics end up in landfills and oceans each year.
Following a series of tragic events occurring in France, Nigeria and elsewhere, Islam is back in the global headlines. Part of the debate concerns the question of whether Islam is compatible with cultures outside its birthplace in the Middle East. We wonder: Which of the following statements about the world’s Muslim communities is true?
A. China has as many Muslims as Saudi Arabia.
B. There are more Muslims in Indonesia and India than in the entire Arab World.
C. There are fewer Muslims in the United States than Europe.
D. Muslims account for less than a quarter of the world’s population.
The attacks in Paris at the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have highlighted Europe’s troubled relationship with Islam and with its growing immigrant population. While this is a challenge faced by many countries, the unrest is especially acute in France. We wonder: Which of the following statements are true?
A. France has the largest immigrant population in Western Europe.
B. France has the largest Muslim population in Western Europe.
C. Most of France’s immigrants come from Africa.
D. More French have traveled to fight in Syria than from any other Western nation.