Facts & Trends

Alcohol Consumption By Britons

Percentage change in the per-capita consumption of alcohol by Britons since 1960: +102 ...
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The Murder Of Land

"In America today you can murder land for private profit.  You can leave the corpse for all to see, and nobody calls the cops." - Paul Brooks ...
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Average American Income

The average American's income declined almost 1 percent in 2014, to $64,432.The income of the poorest fifth of the population fell by 3.5 percent, to $9,818, while the income of the wealthiest fifth rose by nearly 1 percent, to $166,048 ...
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Carbon Emissions In China

Portion of China's carbon emissions that is produced by manufacturing goods for export: 1/4 ...
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FISH MIGRATION

Fish flee existing habitats in search of better ones.  Atlantic sea bass, for example, are migrating north to cooler waters—but the heat will chase them there ...
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Watch Your Step in Naples

The almost-bankrupt Italian city of Naples began DNA-testing dog feces on its poop-covered sidewalks, so it can prosecute residents who don’t pick up.  “I know some people find it funny that with all the problems the city has, we would focus ...
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It was a good week for . . .

. . . breathing deeply, after a Chinese travel company shipped bags of fresh mountain air to the smog-choked city of Zhengzhou as a treat for residents.  “I felt my baby move right when I breathed in,” said a pregnant woman ...
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RISING OCEAN TEMPERATURES

The oceans, like the rest of the planet, set a temperature record in 2014, at 60.9°F (16°C), or 1.03°F above the 20th century average.  Acidity is up as well—a bad combination for sea life ...
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Millennials: The most selfish generation yet?

“I am about to do what old people have done throughout history,” said Joel Stein in Time: “Call those younger than me lazy, entitled, selfish, and shallow.” But this time, I have factual proof. The Millennial generation—the 80 million Americans ...
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Anger at Pope’s Mention of Armenian Genocide

Turkish leaders reacted with outrage this week after Pope Francis referred to the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I as “the first genocide of the 20th century.” Turkey recalled its Vatican envoy, and President Recep ...
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