Penguin State of the World Atlas Ninth Edition

ISBN-10: 0143122657

ISBN-13: 9780143122654

Edition: 9th 2012 (Revised)

Authors: Dan Smith
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List price: $22.00
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 11/28/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Dan Smith's first eighteen years were spent following his father across the world to Africa, Indonesia and Brazil. He has been been writing short stories for as long as he can remember, and in 2004, he was published in the anthology 'Matter 4'. In that year, he was also short-listed for the Royal Literary Fund mentor scheme and for the Northern Writer's Awards.DRY SEASON is inspired by the four years he spent living in the interior of Brazil. He is thirty-seven years old and lives in Newcastle with his wife and two young children.

About the author
Introduction
The problem with maps
Acknowledgements
Who We Are
The States of the World: Most states are relatively recent creations
Population: Global population continues to grow but the rate of increase is slowing
Life Expectancy: Average life expectancy is higher than ever before and rising
Ethnicity and Diversity: People divided by ethnic difference live side by side in peace more often than they fight
Religious Beliefs: Difference within religions are often as intense as differences between them
Literacy & Education: More teachers are needed if the trend towards greater school enrolment is to continue
Urbanization: For the first time in history, most people live in cities
Diversity of Cities: Cities reflect the diversity of the world
Wealth & Poverty
Income: Economic growth continues to outpace the growth in world population
Inequality: While 2.6 billion people live in poverty, there are more billionaires than ever
Quality of Life: Rich countries inevitably offer a high quality of life
Transnationals: The revenues of the largest corporations outstrip those of many countries
Banks: Despite everything, bankers continue to reap huge financial rewards
Corruption: Corruption is pervasive, some countries run on it
DEBT: Debt has soared but not everybody, everywhere is equally in debt
Tourism: Tourism is predicted to rise, bringing much-needed income to many smaller economies
Goals for Development: Development progress is real but patchy
War & Peace
Wars in the 21st Century: This is an era of growing peace, despite the wars that persist
Warlords, Ganglords, & Militias: Armed conflicts fought between non-state armed forces are proliferating
Military Muscle: Despite the global economic crisis, military spending remains buoyant
The New Front Line: Warfare has evolved and is now entering cyber space
Casualities of War: Data on war deaths are incomplete and contentious
Refugees: 30 million people are refugees from war and repression
Peacekeeping: After a period of rapid increase, the number of peacekeeping missions has started to decline
Global Peacefulness: Understanding what makes societies peaceful is a significant step towards the world becoming more peaceful
Rights & Respect
Political Systems: The global trend is for more countries to become democratic
Religious Rights: Almost a quarter of the world�s states have formal links to a religion
Human Rights: In some countries the greatest menace citizens face comes from the state
Children�s Rights: Although respect for children�s rights is increasing, millions still stuffer terrible abuse
Women�s Rights: Thought gender equality is advancing, women worldwide remain financially and politically disadvantaged
Gay Rights: Gay people experience varying degrees of acceptance from fellow citizens and authorities
Health of the People
Malnutrition: Many of the world�s poor suffer from diets deficient in calories and/or vital nutrients
Obesity: Many of the world�s rich suffer from diets deficient in nutrients, but over-packed with unnecessary calories
Smoking: Between a third and a half of smokers die from tobacco-related diseases
Cancer: As countries become more prosperous, and their lifestyles and diets are changing, their cancer rate is rising
HIV/AIDS: Education and treatment are beginning to slow the rate of new HIV/AIDS infections and deaths
Mental Health: Poor countries lack the resources needed to treat mental and behavioural disorders
Living with Disease: Years of healthy life are lost to disease and disability
Health of the Planet
Warning Signs: Things are changing in the natural world-and not many of the changes are to the good
Biodiversity: Efforts to slow the loss of species of animals and plants have not been successful so far
Water Resources: By 2025, two-thirds of the world population will have an inadequate supply of water
Waste: Waste, especially plastic waste, is a serious global problem on both land and sea
Energy Use: World energy use is increasing, especially in the most rapidly developing economies
Climate Change: The build-up of carbon emissions has reached a critical point
Planetary Boundaries: There are limits beyond which human impact on the Earth�s balanced ecosystems will have as yet unknown consequences
Vital Statistics
World Tables
Notes & Sources
Index
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