Graphical World Progress Report – Now Available

January 14, 2010



Want the report? Details at the end on how to get a print. (Update: All proceeds go to UNICEF towards relief effort in Haiti.

UNdata provides a catalog of 27 United Nations statistical databases and 60 million records about the past, present, and future state of the world. Topics include demographics, life expectancy, labor levels, poverty, and a lot more. What does all that data mean though? World Progress Report, the latest from FlowingPrints, offers a look into the expansive UN collection.

In whole, the report tells a story of how we live and die, and the stuff in between.

Let’s start at the beginning: birth.

The percentage of births with a skilled attendant around has increased in all regions, but more than a majority of births in several regions are still unattended. There is also still a big gap in neonatal deaths between developing and industrialized countries.

Population of course continues to grow, but at a slower rate thankfully. But hey, if it’s too full in your country, Greenland and the Pitcairn Islands have got some space.

The average life expectancy fifty years ago, worldwide was 49 years old. Nowadays it’s closer to 66. In several regions, the life expectancy is over 85 years old. There’s still a long way to go though.

Try the Netherlands if you’re not into the whole work thing.

While poverty has decreased in many areas, there are regions that haven’t changed all that much (or have increased during the past decade.

Getting everyone fed also continues to be a problem despite the billions of tons of food produced every year. Maybe Americans should eat a little less and give some food to those who are actually hungry. That way we won’t be the fattest place on earth. It’s win-win!

At least people are growing more worldly, with a healthy growth in tourism. Or is that because of a growth in population?

Speaking of growth, Turkey’s greenhouse gases has gone up up a ton since 1997. More than double.

Finally, we all the know about the boom of Internet and mobile technology during the past decade. There are nearly 60 mobile subscribers per 100 people in the world and more than 3 mobile lines for every land line.

Check out the full zoom-able version.

Orders this week…

Here’s how it’s going to work. I’ll take orders for one week, starting today. I’ll then close orders, and it’ll be off to the printers. Prints will be signed and numbered. I’ll have a small packing party. You get your print.

SO, if you’d like a print, make sure you order by next Thursday. The first 50 orders will also get a copy of Atley’s How America Learns.

If you have any questions just let me know (and if you find any dumb mistakes :).