This week’s charts and graphs include a look at aggregate cumulative GDP growth across the world’s regions since 2008, the most expensive office space in the world, and new nuclear reactors soon coming online.
The St. Louis Fed reports on recession recovery by (global) region. Chart #1:
Even in the midst of increased global uncertainty, Cushman & Wakefield say global corporate confidence is still generally high and provides corresponding forecasts.
Their capital flow map is interesting:
Source: Cushman & Wakefield
The most popular liquor in the world may surprise you.
Reuters has released the third of their “Earthprints” photo and .gif series showing how humans are changing the landscape of the planet. This one features the immense Andasol Solar Power Station in Spain.
Statista looks at the countries with the most foreign-trained MDs:
The Delta Flume – a man made wave maker – is the latest way by which the Dutch have been getting creative on flood prevention. (Watch the short video and be amazed.)
A union protest in France gets ugly.
The National Geographic photo contest deadline approaches. Here are some great entries.
First, here’s a wonderful collection of photos at the ends of various roads across the globe. Which remote spot would you most like to see in person?
Where migrants might fit in but aren’t being accepted. Note that Hungary, which has tried to close its borders to refugees, is at the top of the list:
An interesting look at 500 years of GDP stats in China and the U.S plus eight charts showing the largest GDPs in the world at various intervals in time. Here’s the chart from 515 years ago:
This week’s planet-wide look-sees include a futuristic walkway design, a surprisingly detailed and data-rich happiness ranking of nations, and a story on the most important hominid discovery in history. Enjoy.
The Atlantic’s always great photos of the week.
ICYMI an amateur cave explorer and a South African geologist found a new hominid.
Future, here we come. A radical new concept in moving walkways.
A map showing the world’s top countries by refugee population:
Satellite imagery shows activity at one of North Korea’s plutonium production complexes.
Mexico was ranked HIGHER than the U.S. in recent World Happiness Report. (Caveat: North America as a whole is generally happy compared to the rest of the globe.)
The smoking ban in Macau casinos is giving a boost to Singapore gaming.
And China has 4 mega cities of over 10 million people, the most of any country:
Global stock losses in trillions, private islands for sale, nuclear detonation map, the ugliest building you’ve ever seen, the new Rolls Royce, Europe’s migrant crisis in a graphic, and more!
The world will look dramatically different in 2100, from World Economic Forum:
Nigeria will become the world’s third most populous nation by 2050:
See which nations hold the most sovereign debt in raw numbers and by percent of total world debt in a globe-shaped graph.
Fascinating study on China’s geography as a historical driver of political boundaries, from Stratfor (video runs 2:17):
The asset-rich, cash-poor Saudis sell off some bonds to cover spending. (Fun fact: Oil makes up 90% of government revenues in The Kingdom.)