Geography

These Surprising Countries Will Be Amazing Places to Live in 30 Years

GDP per capita and living standards will rise in almost every single nation on Earth.<p><i>Which countries will have the highest standard of living in 30 years? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the</b> …

Human Geography

India has overtaken China as world's most populous nation, claims Chinese academic

Contrary to popular belief, Chinese academic Yi Fuxian recently claimed that India is the world's most populous country with a population of about …

Population

Extra layer of tectonic plates discovered within Earth's mantle, scientists say

Preliminary findings suggest that a mysterious series of earthquakes in the Pacific could be down to previously undetected plates<p>Scientists say they have found a possible layer of tectonic plates within the Earth’s mantle which could explain a mysterious series of earthquakes in the Pacific.<p>For …

Geology

Politics is distracting American workers and may be killing US productivity

America’s national obsession with White House revelations tumbling out on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis appears to be sapping productivity.<p>We’ve had survey data for a while to suggest a hit on US productivity was coming. A February survey commissioned by goal-tracking software BetterWorks found …

Pew Research Center

Demographics Will Be The Biggest Driver Of Financial Markets Going Forward

Demographics are destiny, and unfortunately for Western economics, destiny isn’t on their side.<p>Speaking at the Mauldin Economics’ Strategic Investment Conference in Orlando, founders of Real Vision TV Raoul Pal and Grant Williams dissected the profound demographic changes now taking place and how …

Demographics

Oregon Population 2017 (Demographics, Maps, Graphs)

4,144,527<p>The northwestern state of Oregon is the 9th largest in the US in terms of land area, but it has a sparsely spread population by comparison. …

Demographics

It’s amazing how much taller people are now than they were 100 years ago

People in most of the world have gotten significantly taller over the last century.<p>A network of health scientists known as the Non-Communicable Diseases Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC), published a study in the journal eLife in 2016 that analyzed height changes around the world. The team …

Following the example of voters, legislatures are trying to legalize marijuana — with mixed results

The path to legalizing pot often leads the same way: through the ballot box.<p>Eight states, including California, Colorado and Oregon, have passed voter-approved ballot measures legalizing the purchase and possession of marijuana for anyone 21 and older.<p>But a new path toward legalization — …

Cannabis

Trump’s budget eliminates US funding for global family planning and famine relief

“America First” is bad news for starving children, women who want to control their reproductive rights, and the world’s sick and most desperate.<p>3.3 million more abortions. 15,000 more mothers dying. 8 million more unplanned pregnancies. Up to 26 million fewer women and couples acquiring …

Population

World is plundering Africa's wealth for 'billions of dollars a year'

Research by campaigners claims aid and loans to the continent are outweighed by financial flows to tax havens and costs of climate change mitigation<p>More wealth leaves Africa every year than enters it – by more than $40bn (£31bn) – according to research that challenges “misleading” perceptions of …

Business

One sunny American city is the best for summer jobs

For many students and new graduates, work doesn’t end after school breaks for the summer. Now it’s time to hunt for a summer job.<p>But Pew Research …

Pew Research Center

The WHO's new African leader could be a shot in the arm for poorer countries

<i>Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus is the first African to be elected as the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in its 70 year history. The</i> …

Bones, Artifacts From Ancient Americans Show Advanced Prehistoric Culture

Artifacts left behind by ancient Americans suggest their civilization was much more advanced than experts previously thought.<p>Some of those artifacts, …

Paleontology

Will your pension savings last as long as your retirement?

How long do you expect to live in retirement? How long will your cash last? And what will you do if you out-live your money? The experts have warned …

Human Geography

Ice Age

An ice age is a period in which the earth’s climate is colder than normal, with ice sheets capping the poles and glaciers dominating higher …

Climate Change

3 out of 4 American children in families rely on their mothers’ salaries

Nearly three quarters of the country’s 33 million children in families (around 74%) rely on their mother’s earningsin a country where dual-earning married couples was the most common type of household, followed by households led by a single mom, according to an analysis of American Community Survey …

Human Geography

Ukip attempts to steal march on rivals by restarting election campaign on Thursday

The UK Independence Party will attempt to steal a march on their rivals by unveiling the party’s manifesto in central London on Thursday morning.<p>Paul Nuttall, the party’s leader, said he wanted to publish his policies for government today to return to normality and ensure the terrorists do not …

Human Geography

Cutting immigration to tens of thousands would inflict £115bn of economy harm

Forcing down annual levels of immigration to the tens of thousands, as promised in the Conservative manifesto, would inflict a significant cost on …

Economics

UK household debt to hit a record £15,000 as wages stagnate

Families are increasingly turning to credit cards and payday loans to pay bills, says TUC.<p>Household debt in the UK is set to jump to £15,000 by 2020, …

Human Geography

Australian Age Care Leading The Way On One-Child Generation Not Prepared For Ageing Parents | HelloCare

Most people are aware of China’s one child-policy, which they began to formally phase out in 2015. Because of this policy, that ran for 36 years, …

Demographics

Kota world’s seventh most densely populated city, Mumbai second: WEF

A coaching hub for competitive examinations, industrial powerhouse, source of fine-grained limestone and much sought after saris – these are what …

Cities

Cancer cases in England soar to highest level ever as detection improves and people live longer

More people in England are getting cancer than ever before.<p>A total of 299,923 new diagnoses was registered in 2015 – equal to 822 a day or 34 people …

Human Geography

Milestone Court Case Puts Taiwan on Track to Become First in Asia to Legalize Gay Marriage

The Constitutional Court of Taiwan ruled Wednesday that the current laws of the island violate the national constitution by prohibiting same-sex …

Pew Research Center

A helping hand in solving the UK’s ‘productivity puzzle’

The Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) most recent labour productivity figures found Britain’s workers have managed to improve their output per …

Human Geography

From Boom To Bust

For years now, I have been listening to pundits bemoan the slow rate of the current recovery, mired around 2%.<p>Get used to it. It may be the new …

Population

What do the Tour de France and fossils have in common?

Sport and palaeontology rarely overlap, but a new study shows ancient arthropods may have used the same slipstreaming techniques as elite cyclists<p>Trilobites are common fossils. Resembling nothing so much as a glorified woodlouse, these animals teemed in our oceans for millions of years. The first …

Paleontology

Poll: Over 6 in 10 view NATO favorably

Over 6 in 10 U.S. adults view the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) favorably, according to a new poll.<p>Sixty-two percent see the military …

Pew Research Center

From guerrilla fighter to president: Francisco Guterres' plans to rebuild Timor-Leste

A decade on from the political unrest which plunged Timor-Leste into crisis, the country is switching its focus from security to nation building.

South-east Asia

Trump's Cuts to SNAP and Social Security Would Hit the Rust Belt Hard

The president’s full budget includes reductions in income-support programs that core Republican voters rely on—more so than other groups do.<p>In the key Rustbelt states that tipped the 2016 election to President Trump, blue-collar white voters at the core of his constituency represent a majority of …

Rust Belt

Earth Rock Temperature Shows Planet’s Lava Is Hot As Ever

Earth is 4.5 billion years old but it’s still hot, with lava that is as scalding as it was when the planet was young. A study in the journal Nature …

Geology