25 Things Happening In The World Today That Many People Don’t Know About

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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25

Desertification

desertSource: wikipedia, Image: https://pixabay.com/en/desert-drought-dehydrated-clay-soil-279862/

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.

24

Flynn Effect

brainSource: wikipedia, Image: https://pixabay.com/en/brain-turn-on-education-read-book-770044/

On average, humans appear to be getting smarter by about 3 IQ points per year but scientists aren’t completely sure why.


23

Cancer rates are down

cancerSource: cancer.org, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cancer_button.jpg

Over the last 20 years cancer rates have have fallen by 20% and are still dropping.

22

Palm oil deforestation

palm oilSource: wikipedia, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Oil_palm_plantation_in_Cigudeg-03.jpg

Although palm oil isn’t especially healthy for us, large amounts of rainforest are being cleared in order to grow oil palms.


21

Rise of Africa

capetownSource: wikipedia, theguardian, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aerial_View_of_Sea_Point,_Cape_Town_South_Africa.jpg

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.



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