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Worldometers

February 12th, 2010 by Dave · 1 Comment

I’m a fan of statistics as conversation / writing prompts, and Worldometers features a bunch of interesting stats. The main page provides real-time stats on a variety of issues, including consumption (military expenses, car production etc.), the environment (CO2 emissions, forest loss, etc.) and food (number of overweight people, number of people who died of starvation, etc.). Many of the stats are clickable, (like this one on toxic chemical emissions) leading to pages that explain the statistic, and provide links to references.

Another neat feature of the site are the statistics of the month including topics like swine flu deaths, toilet flushes and the price of beer in Zimbabwe.

Thanks Barbara

Tags: blog · climate change · consumerism · cultural issues · food and hunger · global issues activities · peace and war · poverty & wealth · statistics · the environment · visual prompts · water

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  • 1 chris // Feb 26, 2010 at 6:38 am

    It’s frightening, watching the stats change as you read.
    I’m thankful that no species became extinct during my visit – i would have felt responsible (even more than i should already).
    On a positive note i was happy to see that more bikes are entering the world than cars.

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