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Halcyon In Figures

What Counts? - Water
Water
Halcyon In Figures 1 January 2020

 

In 2000, as part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) the world pledged to half to share of people without access to an improved water source by 2015 from 1990 levels. The world surpassed this target by 2010, increasing access to 91 percent by 2015. Globally, 2.6 billion people gained access over this period — more than a third of the world's population have gained access to improved water since 1990, according to Our World in Data. The progress over this 25-year period is shown by region in the chart below, as the share of the population who have gained access since 1990.

Access to improved water sources is increasing across the world, rising from 76 percent of the global population in 1990 to 91 percent in 2015, according to Our World in Data.

Fewer children are dying from malaria Halcyon In Figures 18 October 2019

p>Fewer Children Are Dying From Malaria

What Counts? - Education

Education

 

Please see below selected recent education-related facts and figures.

 

June 2018

  • The number of school-age children who are not in school was 110 million in the mid 1990s, and  60 million in the latest data.

On CRISPR
Genetics
Halcyon In Figures 24 February 2018

 

40%: The percentage of patients reported to have responded to one of the most advanced CRISPR cancer therapy studies to be tested in China. China is far ahead of the US in CRISPR cancer studies due to its less stringent approval requirements, but the US and Europe are set to see their first human trials of the gene-editing technique this year. With potentially transformative implications across medicine, agriculture, and even chemical products, CB Insights' 5,200-word CRISPR deep dive unpacks the science behind the technology, its applications, controversies it’s stirred up, and where CRISPR may take us next. 

On Reconstruction

Reconstruction

 

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.

On the world in figures as 2018 dawns

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

after self-harming. This represented a rise of 14 per cent

on the previous year.

Ref: Financial Times (UK)

 

Obesity killed 3 million people globally in 2010.