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It will cost $300 billion to rebuild Syria, according to the UN. Even as the carnage continues, Iran and Russia are already quietly waging an uncivil war to get in on those lucrative construction contracts, argued Eurasia Group in February 2018.
The Berlin Wall stood for a total of 10,316 days, and as of February 2018, had been down for the same length of time. And yet still, more than half of Germans feel that their country hasn’t fully reunified.
Sources: http://brainmail.nowandnext.com/; Signal Media
As many as 48 million of Twitter’s active users — nearly 15 percent of the Twitterverse— are automated accounts designed to simulate real people. The company claims that number is far lower, but the point remains: social media has become a decisive platform for commerce and politics – and its increasingly defined by people who aren’t even people.
By 2025, 1.8 billion people will live in regions that face
"absolute water scarcity".
Ref: United Nations (Switzerland)
In 2016, 19,000 children were admitted to UK hospitals
With global population now exceeding 7 billion, National Geographic examined provided a broad overview of demographic trends that got us to today and will impact us tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the global population is still growing by an estimated 79 million per year.
It was just over two centuries ago that the global population was 1 billion — in 1804. But better medicine and improved agriculture resulted in higher life expectancy for children, dramatically increasing the world population, especially in the West. U.N. forecasts suggest the world population could hit a peak of 10.1 billion by 2100 before beginning to decline.
The world needs to create 600m new jobs over the next decade to sustain economic growth and maintain social stability, according to the United Nations International Labour Organisation.
Global health and wealth trends over the past 200 years, and projected forward into the future...
By 2020, 128m households in Africa (600m people) will have reached the consumer class, according to estimates. It won't be global middle class level with incomes of over $70,000, but still above subsistence living, buying health care, food, education, transportation, and entertainment.
By 2025, Asia may boast more than 20 of the world's top 50 cities by gross domestic product (compared with just eight in 2007).
By 2050, the global population aged 60 or over is projected to exceed the number of people under 15 for the first time in history.
According to UNESCO, 793m adults – most of them girls and women - are illiterate. A further 67m children of primary school age are not in primary school and 72m adolescents of lower secondary school age are also missing out their right to an education.
Newborn deaths decreased from 4.6m in 1990 to 3.3m in 2009, yet progress is still too slow, claimed the UN.
Global production of biofuels increased 17% in 2010 to reach an all-time high of 105bn litres.
Tokyo accounts for almost 3.5% of global GDP, or one out of every $30 in the world.