Monday 29 September 2014
September 23, 2014
Turning Up The Heat: G20 Carbon Footprints
A by-product of combustion as well as respiration, carbon dioxide (CO2) is a naturally occurring greenhouse gas. It is the second-biggest contributor to global warming, behind water vapor. But it has played a central role in anthropogenic climate change since the Industrial Revolution (circa 1800).
September 22, 2014
Bloomberg Ranks World's Most Efficient Health-Care Systems
In 2014, Singapore surpassed Hong Kong to take the top position in Bloomberg's ranking of the most efficient health-care systems among 51 countries. The ranking weighs such indicators as life expectancy, the cost of health care as a percentage of gross domestic product, and total medical expenditures per person. Hong Kong is now second, followed by Italy and Japan. Serbia was 39th, Belarus 42nd, the United States 44th, Azerbaijan 49th, and Russia 51st.
September 18, 2014
QS World University Rankings By Country
In September, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a British-based company, released its annual list of rankings of the world's universities. The order is based on academic reputation (40 percent), employer reputation (10), faculty/student ratio (20), citations per faculty (20) and international student ratio (5). The graphic below shows how many of the top 500 are in each country.
September 16, 2014
Global Wealth -- The Haves And Have-Nots
Measuring a country's gross domestic production (GDP) relative to its population occasionally throws up some surprising results. For instance, Norway's GDP per capita is almost twice that of the United States at $100,056. This figure dwarfs that of the world's poorest country, Somalia, which has a GDP of just $128 per person.
September 15, 2014
Foreign Fighters In Iraq And Syria -- Where Do They Come From?
The CIA estimated in September 2014 that the hard-line fundamentalist militants of Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL) numbered between 20,000 and 31,500 in Syria and Iraq, two to three times more than a previous estimate. It claimed that half of those fighters are foreigners. Here are breakdowns by country of origin.
September 03, 2014
NATO: Widening Territory, Shrinking Militaries
Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, NATO has expanded eastward, integrating former Soviet satellites and republics. At the same time, the military capacity of both longtime and new member states has significantly diminished over the past 25 years.
August 07, 2014
Top Suppliers Of Food To Russia
In retaliation for Western sanctions over Moscow's actions over Ukraine, Russia on August 7 announced a "full embargo" on most food imports from the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada, and Norway. Here's a breakdown of the top countries that export food to Russia.
July 25, 2014
Russia's Economy: Robust Or Fragile?
Since Russian President Vladimir Putin took office in 2000, Russia's economy has grown eightfold. But the vast majority of that growth has come from Russia's energy sector, which has benefited from rising energy prices on global markets. Russia remains largely a resource-based economy rather than an advanced industrial one and its dependence on energy and commodity exports has grown tremendously in recent years.
July 22, 2014
Russians' Trust In Military And Government At Record High
A Gallup Poll this month asked Russians to rate their country in several areas. The results from the question "Do you have confidence in the following or not?" were record-level confidence in the Russian military (78 percent) and national government (64 percent). Our own Li Luo charted the trends since 2006.