10 Good Things In Our World That Are Getting Better

The trick is knowing where to look for the good stuff

Jun 3, 2018

Do you think every thing in the world is terrible? Don't worry - these things are on the way up.

Access to Water:

Between 1980 and today, global access to safe water sources has increased from 58% to 91%. Improving water sources worldwide is integral to reducing poverty and increasing food security.

Agricultural Output:

Our annual cereal yield has nearly tripled since 1960. By 2050, food production will have to double to feed the world’s population.

Electricity Coverage:

Between 1994 and 2014, electricity coverage expanded from 75% to 85%. In the last decade, consumption of renewable energy has soared by 209%.

Protected Nature Reserves:

In 1962, there were 9,214 protected nature reserves. Today, there are over 200,000. Still, less than 20% of the world’s key biodiversity areas enjoy full protection.

Scientific Research:

Between 1665 and 2016, the number of scientific articles published every year grew from 119 to 2,550,000. Today’s global scientific output continues to double, on average, every 9 years.

Immunization From Disease:

Since 1980, the number of 1-year olds who receive at least one vaccination per year has risen from 22% to 88%. With only 22 cases in 2017, the world is now closer than ever to eradicating polio.

Global Literacy:

Since 1800, the world literacy rate has leaped from roughly 10% to 85%. Unfortunately, two thirds of the world’s illiterate population are women.

Female Education:

The number of girls enrolled in primary school went up from 65% in 1970 to 90% in 2015. If all women had a secondary education, the number of child deaths each year would drop by 3 million.

Internet Access:

In 1995, only 0.4% of the world’s population had internet access. Today, roughly 54% of people are online. Between 2016 and 2017 alone, the number of internet users increased by 500 million.

People Living Under Democracy:

Since 1816, the amount of people living in a democracy has grown from 1% to roughly 50% of the world’s population. Of the world’s 195 nations, 49 are still not considered to be free countries.

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