Mr Geographer (David J Cunningham)

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When Maps Lie

Tips from a geographer on how to avoid being fooled.<p>Maps are big these days. Blogs and news sites (including this one) frequently post maps and those maps often go viral—40 maps that explain the world, the favorite TV shows of each U.S. state, and so on. They’re all over Facebook, Twitter, and …

Maps

Europe needs many more babies to avert a population disaster

Across Europe birth rates are tumbling. The net effect is a ‘perfect demographic storm’ that will imperil economic growth across the continent<p>When Spanish business consultant Alejandro Macarrón started crunching the numbers behind Spain’s changing demographics, he couldn’t believe what he was …

Europe

These 10 Countries Will Have the World's Biggest Populations By 2050

After America dominated the 20th century, a view formed that Asia would be the next to lead the world in economic and cultural influence. Africa may …

Demographics

Viewpoint: Treat refugees as a development issue

<b>Europe is facing a mass influx of refugees from outside the region for the first time in its history, as people flee persecution and conflict in countries such as Syria and Iraq. And its politicians are struggling to find a coherent response.</b><p>At the European level, the EU's supposed common asylum …

Refugees

Refugees welcome? How UK and Germany compare on migration

Berlin has proposed a quota system, thousands of Germans have volunteered to help refugees, and press coverage has been more balanced – but there have also been more violent incidents in Germany<p>The numbers<p>More than 4 million refugees have fled Syria since the war there began in 2011. According to …

Europe

Africa in numbers - how its countries compare

Although often treated like a single entity, Africa is a hugely varied continent with a wide range of cultures, languages and stages of development<p>Africa is a continent of 1.1bn people, over 50 countries and thousands of different languages. Comparisons between countries are always difficult, more …

Africa

Helping older people live full and secure lives | Age helps | Global AgeWatch Index 2015

“The Global AgeWatch Index shows not only what works for older people but also how much we need to do to fulfil the promise of our world. Improving …

This great map lets you explore the history of migration for every single country

<b>Amid all the recent clamour, arguments and figures regarding the refugee crisis and the wider, separate topic of immigration, it sometimes can be</b> …

The big reckoning: how many people did the millennium goals save?

The landmark 15-year millennium development goals project culminates this weekend at a historic UN summit. But the report card is mixed<p>“Things,” says Mercy Qansah, as a young goat bounces by in search of rubbish to chew on, “are not the way we expected them to be.”<p>The 45-year-old …

Africa

Food: how much does the world need?

The dominant paradigm of global food security is that humanity “needs” to increase food production by 50 to 100% by 2050. The consensus is that this …

How is the slave trade linked to the spread of HIV in Africa?

A recent law that legalised polygyny1 in Kenya caused a stir not only in Kenya’s parliament and among women’s rights groups, but also among HIV/AIDS …

World Economy

Growing portion sizes a major factor in rising UK obesity, study finds

Retailers could be forced to charge more for bigger servings to counter damage being done, say Cambridge University experts<p>The supersize trend towards ever larger portions of curries, crisps, chocolate bars and fizzy drinks is contributing significantly to the UK’s expanding waistlines, a study has …

Downing Street

How we die (in one chart)

The New England Journal of Medicine looks through 200 years of back issues to understand how we die differently:<p>The first thing to notice here is how much our mortality rate has dropped over the course of a century, largely due to big reductions in infectious diseases like tuberculosis and …

Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions

Chevron, Exxon and BP among companies most responsible for climate change since dawn of industrial age, figures show<p>• Interactive - which fossil fuel companies are most responsible?<p>The climate crisis of the 21st century has been caused largely by just 90 companies, which between them produced …

World Population Will Soar Higher Than Predicted

United Nations leaders have worried for decades about the pace of population growth. A few years ago leading calculations had global population …

World AIDS Day: end "Mother to Child" HIV

The solution is simple. A single tablet, once a day, will stop HIV spreading from one generation to the next.

Fortune.com

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Print Media

World Food Clock

Ageing China: Changes and challenges

China's population is ageing. By 2050 more than a quarter of the population will be over 65 years old and younger generations face an unprecedented burden of care.<p>Fewer children<p>In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the government advocated a "later, longer, fewer" lifestyle, encouraging people to …

Geography

7 Billion: How Did We Get So Big So Fast? | SKUNK BEAR

MigrationsMap.net

Where are migrants coming from? Where have migrants left?<p>Click on the map or pick a country here:<p>Visualization by @madewulf based on the Global …

GitHub

How the world’s populations are changing, in one map

It's often said that demographics are destiny. While the futures of nations are guided by much more than population trends, these demographic forces can play an awfully significant role. Countries need to grow in order to stay healthy and successful, but not too quickly or they risk problems like …

Make Inequality History? What would change if we focussed on inequality rather than poverty? | From Poverty to Power

Last week I spoke at a Brussels conference on inequality, organized by the Belgian NGO coalition 11.11.11. Inequality is flavour of the month right …

Income Inequality

Is HDI the best index for measuring Development?

Infographic: Life on Less Than $2 a Day

Communities<p>The Brasil Open Used Some Very Photogenic Rescue Dogs As Ball Boys And Girls Say hello to ​Bobby, Duda, Gabriel, Kika, Mel, and Thor.<p>Los …

Broad Categories of Development<p><b>MEDC:</b> More Economically Developed Country (Japan, UK, USA).<p>These typically have high income per capita.<br>• Their economies …

Facebook User Numbers

| <b>source:</b> Nov 1st, 2010<p>¡Hola! I hope all of you had a great time this Halloween weekend, I know I did. As most of you may know, Facebook has been one …

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