1 World population soon to hit the 7 billion (or so) mark

Sometime around Halloween, we’re told, the world’s 7th billion living person will be born. It will be a statistical and somewhat sketchy milestone since there is no way to actually, accurately, identify this bouncing 7-billionth baby. That won’t stop anyone from trying, of course, and so the UN is suggesting…

0 Good news: 28 countries escape poverty trap

The Guardian reports on new data indicating we are making progress against poverty: Remember the poverty trap? Countries stuck in destitution because of weak institutions put in place by colonial overlords, or becausse of climates that foster disease, or geographies that limit access to global markets, or simply by the…