Because every day is a good day to listen to Hans Rosling talk numbers. In this short video, Rosling uses Lego bricks to explain population growth and the gaps in wealth and carbon footprint.
Rosling is very effective in presenting basic information. But what I have found frustrating in past is that the gee whiz quality of the presentation masks a fairly retrograde narrative. I’m specifically thinking of the basic gapminder story of wealth equals health which rests on a very simplistic developmentalist ‘follow the leader’ narrative that justifies the status quo: market fundamentalism in which the west is best. That narrative is still evident in this piece, though emissions complicates it. But what is missing, and it would be fairly easy to include. is showing where that carbon comes from. A lot of it is generated from resources extracted in situ but a lot is also transferred from the poor countries to the middle and rich.
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These are my picks for the best of 2015. As usual, they could easily appear in a different order on a different day, and there are projects not on the list that were also excellent.
The ever so popular Walmart growth map gets an update, and yes, it still looks like a wildfire. Sam’s Club follows soon after, although not nearly as vigorously.
We know spending changes when you have more money. Here’s by how much.
Here’s a chart to show you how long you have until you start to feel your age.