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Looking Up Every So Often

Looking Up Every So Often

This was reported in today’s Wall Street Journal by Johan Norberg from The Cato Institute. During this past decade:

  • Extreme poverty fell from 18.2% to 8.6% (source: World Bank)
  • Malaria in Africa declined by 60% and HIV by more than half
  • Global mortality for children under 5 declined from 5.6% to 3.9% (UN)
  • Death rates from air pollution globally declined by one fifth (Publication “Our World”)
  • Annual deaths from climate-related disasters declined by one third (International Database of Disasters) and that’s a 95% decrease from the 1960s
  • Consumption of 66 of 72 tracked natural resources has declined (US Geological Survey)

Many of the disasters we have seen, such as the horrific collapse in Venezuela, a catastrophe for humanity, have been caused by absurd political policies and tyrants.

We’re not perfect, there is a lot of work to be done. But this isn’t the End of Days or the sky falling. Unless you want it to be.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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