In spite (and many times because of) all the social media and internet news, we tend to have a skewed view of the world around us. Quite often we think it is actually worse than it really is or we are focused on only a few historically insignificant events like a presidential election. There are other, arguably more important things happening in the world. These are 25 things happening in the world today that many people don’t know about!
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Many of the world’s deserts are growing larger every year. For example, the Sahara Desert has expanded to the south by another 250 km since 1900. This accounts for nearly 6000 square km.
On average, humans appear to be getting smarter by about 3 IQ points per year but scientists aren’t completely sure why.
Cancer rates are down
Over the last 20 years cancer rates have have fallen by 20% and are still dropping.
Palm oil deforestation
Although palm oil isn’t especially healthy for us, large amounts of rainforest are being cleared in order to grow oil palms.
Rise of Africa
Africa is the fastest developing region of the world and it’s not nearly as bad as many western NGO’s make it out to be. It’s just hard to solicit funds for starving children without showing you pictures of starving children.
Mexican Cartel Wars
More than 150,000 Mexicans have died since 2000 due to fighting between drug cartels.
Deadly construction of FIFA World Cup stadium in Qatar
More than 1000 people have died building the stadium so far but those numbers don’t typically get published because many of the workers are “immigrants” from Asia. In fact, several foreign news teams have been arrested for reporting on this.
Note: we say “immigrants” because the working conditions have been compared to slave labor
Facebook's influence on elections
For example, Facebook has been shown to improve voter turnout for certain candidates based on whose “I voted” messages that were displayed.
It’s just as crazy as it sounds. People are chained up like slaves and “milked” for their blood. This has been a growing problem in poorer countries like India. One particularly famous case came to be known as the Blood Factory by the Indian media. A farmer named Papu Yadhav was found to be holding numerous slaves on his property and bleeding them twice a week for over 2 years. But Papu wasn’t alone. There were even nurses, accountants, and delivery men involved in the blood farming ring. Sadly this type of blackmarket tends to flourish in poverty stricken countries where hospitals are overburdened.
They’re dying. Maybe not as fast as the media makes it sound, but their population is nevertheless decreasing at an alarming rate.
Antibiotics are failing
Since they are often used unnecessarily (on livestock for example), bacteria are slowly becoming resistant.
Many of the comments you read on news websites, social media platforms, and forums are actually people being paid to spread subversive messages online.
It is advancing faster than anybody expected. Computers are actually able to learn and reprogram themselves. If it sounds science fictiony…it is. Google’s deep learning AI just beat the world Go champion. That was something we didn’t think would happen for at least another 100 years (Go is the most complex game ever created. It is significantly more complex than chess and it is impossible for even a computer to calculate all possibilities. It requires something that up until now we thought was distinctly human….instinct)
Because Asian countries like China and India have less public opposition to genetic modification and gene editing, they are likely to make use of CRISPR for the purpose of creating designer babies. This means that China could potentially have “enhanced humans” in the near future. That doesn’t bode too well for the west in terms of competition.
There are more refugees today than there have ever been in history. Taking only Syria into account, nearly 4 million people have either been killed or fled the country. That’s one fifth of the population.
The big banks are doing pretty much the same stuff they did that caused the Great Recession in 2008, it’s just got a different name…CDO or Collateralized Debt Obligation.
More British soldiers die of suicide than in battle. This military suicide trend can be found in many other countries as well.
There are nearly 30 million slaves in the world. That is more than at any other point in human history.
Most phones require an ore called coltan and the largest source of coltan comes from mines on the Rwandan border. Unfortunately, a lot of this coltan is harvested using brutal slavery methods.
America's infrastructure is "greater" than you think
It is actually improving (particularly in the areas of rail and road), contrary to what you would think if you only read the American Society of Civil Engineers report card (D+).
This may sound trivial, but in light of recent events it’s worth pointing out that downtown Detroit is actually a really nice place with tons of cafes, restaurants, and places to go. It’s only the areas right outside downtown that are rundown.
Self driving cars
They are poised to massively reduce the number of traffic related fatalities
Toddlers with guns
Every year, more people are killed by toddlers with guns than by terrorists.
Due to recent advances in technology, nuclear power is actually one of the safest and cleanest forms of power generation. Unfortunately, the past has caused people to be very wary of it.
A majority of greenhouse gas emissions actually come from livestock passing gas.