The planet is urbanizing at an unprecedented speed, generating enormous social, economic and climatic stress. If sustainable urbanization is one of the paramount challenges of the 21st century, then Asia is ground zero for determining whether humanity can succeed. Just under half of all Asians live in cities, compared to roughly 82% of Americans and 74% of Europeans.... Read more about These 10 Asian cities are the most prepared for the future
Africa is facing an energy crisis: the existing production capacity cannot meet the growing demand for electricity. The electricity needed to power and grow the economy, drive local development and tackle urban and rural poverty is simply not there.
Obesity is in the news again - but how does the UK compare to the rest of the world? The World Health Organisation (WHO) database contains global comparisons of overweight and obesity prevalence broken down over time. The map below shows the overweight and obesity (BMI >= 25 kg/m²) prevalence by gender and country. Click on the map to see the figures by place and use the drop down menu to change year displayed, or explore the table below
Rome - The number of hungry people around the world has dropped to 795 million from over a billion a quarter-century ago despite natural disasters, ongoing conflicts and poverty, the three U.N. food agencies said Wednesday.
Countries in East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean showed the most progress in reducing hunger, thanks in part to economic growth that didn't exclude the poor, investments in agriculture and political stability, the agencies said in their annual State of Food Insecurity report. ... Read more about UN: Fewer hungry people in the world
The global economy grew at 4.49 percent in 2013, and the gross world product reached $87 trillion.1 For the fourth year in a row, the growth rate was slower than during the preceding year.2 Growth was affected by numerous adjustments in macroeconomic policies, by high unemployment rates, and by weak aggregate demand in the majority of the industrial economies in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).3 By contrast, emerging and developing markets continued to experience higher growth rates due to supportive policies. ... Read more about Global Economy Inches Upward as Environmental and Social Concerns Mount | Vital Signs Online