To kick off 2015, I’ve compiled a list of 10 good facts you probably won’t hear on the news.
- Life expectancy is increasing in every single country in the world. In the past 30 years, life expectancy in countries like South Sudan and Angola has risen from 40 years to over 50 years, despite the HIV epidemic.
- Infant mortality is falling rapidly all around the world, and the fall is most rapid in the very poorest countries like Afghanistan, Somalia and Sierra Leone.
- In the past 20 years, the number of people living in extreme poverty (at or below $1.25 a day) has halved from 2 billion to 1 billion.
- Since 1990, the percentage of people in the developing world without access to clean water has fallen from 30% to 20%.
- The number of children who die from malaria each year has fallen more than 50% since 2000.
- In sub-Saharan Africa,the percentage of children in school has gone from the low 40s to over 75 percent since 1970.
- In the past 7 years, the number of primary school age girls not in education has fallen by 25% worldwide.
- The ozone layer is recovering after decades of decline.
- Since World War II, the number of deaths from war has been in general decline, despite the impression given by 24/7 news reporting.
- In the past 30 years, the number of countries that are considered by the UN to be fully democratic has nearly doubled, from 44 to 82.
Happy New Year to you all!