the way we live

world health

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this morning i stumbled across gapminder.  the site was started in stockholm, sweden back in 1998 and aims to compile visual information on the health of the world’s people.  they have a stunning array of pdf graphics, powerpoint slideshows, and flash animation videos covering everything from income and poverty to health and education, all of which is broken down by regions, age, gender, and religion.  there are some fascinatingly scary statistics over at gapminder including one flash video that discusses the shift in world income over the last 30 or so years.  currently, the richest 20% of the world’s population has a staggering 74% of the world’s wealth whereas the poorest 20% of the world’s population has a mere 2% of the world’s total wealth.  the rich are getting richer, and the poor, poorer; it’s unsettling to see some of these statistics: 54% of the worlds lives on less that $2 a day.

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24 January 2007 Posted by | society | Leave a comment