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High-income countries often spend more than 150-times as much on the education of each child than poor countries. It is important for poor countries to achieve growth — but even with little resources poor countries have ways to improve their education. ourworldindata.org/better-learning
Saloni has been sharing great research on our internal Slack here in the Our World in Data team. And to be honest, much of what I share on Twitter comes from her – you might as well get it directly from Saloni. Subscribe to – and follow – @salonium! twitter.com/salonium/statu…
Children have a brutal effect on household income, except in Germany where they are kinder economist.com/britain/2022/0…
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The number of confirmed Monkeypox cases increased to over 250 per day. This is the latest data from @globaldothealth – you can contribute to their data production: github.com/globaldothealt… — And here you can find our 'Monkeypox Data Explorer' ourworldindata.org/monkeypox
A new @Kurz_Gesagt video is out – on how very, very big the future could be. If we avoid any major catastrophe then we are not at the end, but at the very beginning of human history. youtube.com/watch?v=LEENEF…
Swiss start-up Climeworks AG said its second large-scale direct air capture (DAC) plant will be built in Iceland in 18-24 months, and have capacity to suck 36,000 tonnes of CO2 per year from the air. twitter.com/Reuters/status…
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@MaxCRoser I found this @metaculus question from 2016 assigning a 40% chance of a major naturally occuring pandemic before 2026 metaculus.com/questions/247/…
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Does someone know whether there were forecasts/predictions about the risk of a pandemic before COVID happened on sites like metaculus or the good judgement project? I'm interested what these forecaster communities expected.
Per capita CO₂ emissions changed massively within countries (in some countries they increased; in others they halved). But globally, CO₂ per capita changed very little. For the last 50 years they were never below 4 tonnes and never above 5 tonnes per person.
When will the first general AI system be devised, tested, and publicly known of? Previously the Metaculus forecaster community’s median answer was in the 2050s. In recent months they updated their views. Now the median prediction is the year 2039. metaculus.com/questions/5121…
There is a good chance that artificial general intelligence will be developed *within our lifetimes*. Given how much is at stake it is incomprehensible that we are not talking about this way more. @waitbutwhy's post on what's at stake: waitbutwhy.com/2015/01/artifi…
How many lives were saved by the COVID vaccines? This new study estimates that excess deaths were reduced by 20 million thanks to the vaccines. thelancet.com/journals/lanin…
Nothing about a graph makes Twitter commenters more angry than when someone exaggerates a trend by manipulating the y axis. But they can finally let their rage drain away, This paper shows that misleading graphs don’t actually mislead people in real life. journals.plos.org/plosone/articl…
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“…one of my guiding goals in life has been to start early on this. To reach the end of my life, and to have learned already, or as deeply as possible, whatever lessons in preciousness and fleetingness and beauty that death can teach.” ⁦@jkcarlsmithhandsandcities.com/2020/12/06/tho…
Honestly just overwhelmed by this beautiful @80000Hours article by my friend Luisa. A warm, honest, brave, and deeply hopeful first-person account of imposter syndrome. 80000hours.org/2022/04/impost…
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Cam has been a pillar of @OurWorldInData's work on COVID for the last two years. Much of the data collection on testing and vaccinations was done by him. Thank you Cam for all your work! We were very glad to have you onboard during these eventful times 🙂twitter.com/appel_cam/stat…b
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The pandemic is changing. For people relying on @TheEconomist estimates of the pandemic's true death toll, here is how we keep up. economist.com/graphic-detail…
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The Shadow Peace is a short film on the history of war and the risk of nuclear conflict. It’s a kind of 'data visualization documentary', a new medium that the film’s creator – @neilhalloran – seems to single-handedly develop. fallen.io/shadow-peace/1/
"Problems are solvable. Given enough time we can end the horrors of today. Poverty is not inevitable. Diseases that are incurable today might be curable in just a few generations." From @MaxCRoser's new post on the vast future that is ahead of us ourworldindata.org/longtermism
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The work is hard, not impossible: "Even in the most challenging places – extreme poverty, very low education of parents, almost no infrastructure (no internet, no electricity, no roads) – it is possible to teach primary school children to read fluently and do basic math well" twitter.com/MaxCRoser/stat…
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An overwhelming majority of public sector officials agree that there is a learning crisis. But they don’t know the scale of this crisis. They overestimate the share of students in their country that CAN read by age 10. See paper by @leecrawfurd et. al cgdev.org/blog/poll-educ…
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Why is Artificial Intelligence such a major concern in our lifetimes? A very good introduction by @robertskmiles in which he explains why Artificial General Intelligence is dangerous by default. youtube.com/watch?v=pYXy-A…
Our *World* in Data with 12 new charts on space. Classic example of mission creep! twitter.com/redouad/status…
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Over the last few decades the world has made great progress toward eradicating polio. But in the last few years we have been set back. To get back on track, we need more screening and testing for polio. Read more: ourworldindata.org/polio-testing
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“we live in the worst time in history” the history:
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How does the land use of electricity sources compare? → @_HannahRitchie's latest @OurWorldInData article: ourworldindata.org/land-use-per-e…
In today's edition of the Biweekly Digest from @OurWorldInData you can learn about: • Land use of electricity sources • Polio eradication • COVID hospitalizations • GHG emissions from food Read here: mailchi.mp/ourworldindata… Subscribe here: ourworldindata.org/#subscribe
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‘Why it's worth trying to make the world more optimistic’ notboring.co/p/optimism
The number of planets that have been discovered outside the Solar System – interesting to see the jump due to new discovery method from recent decades This is a chart from our brand new page on Space Exploration and Satellites! Explore more charts here: ourworldindata.org/space-explorat…
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There are many different impacts that we consider when making choices about which energy sources to use. Land use is one of them. How does the land use of electricity sources compare? My latest article on @OurWorldInData: ourworldindata.org/land-use-per-e…
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Good post by @Noahpinion. Even though I'm a big fan of Oxfam, I think they'd be even more effective if they take this criticism to heart. Poverty, inequality, tax evasion & tax avoidance are bad enough as they are, no need for dodgy stats. noahpinion.substack.com/p/oxfam-serves…
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US income inequality drops significantly in 2020 as social transfers increase incomes of the poorer groups and covid lockdowns etc. reduce real incomes of the rich. New @lisdata
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Thread on our survey on "A New Era in the Economics of Fertility." Why a new era? Because everything has changed! - The empirical regularities of fertility choice have reverted. - The mechanisms emphasized by earlier research have lost relevance. 1/12 dlvr.it/SS0xzF
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🔥"The big lie is that the NEW thing that happened is the most important thing that happened on that day... 15000 children die on an average day. But because it’s not an *extraordinary* thing, it never makes the headlines" @MaxCRoserr on@80000Hourss pod 80000hours.org/podcast/episod…6
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My new post for @OurWorldInData! The world is close to eradicating polio, but has been set back in the last few years. To get back on track, the world needs more monitoring of potential outbreaks. Here's where we need it. /1 ourworldindata.org/polio-testing
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The number of confirmed monkeypox cases in non-endemic countries increased steadily for some time. In the last 5 days it remained at around 70 cases per day. This is the latest data from @globaldothealth via ourworldindata.org/monkeypox
I very much enjoyed working with the folks at @BBCMoreOrLess to bring Weingberg's differential rule to the airwaves & fibre. Listen at 14minutes in on bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00… for more about the odds of identical triplets. Are they really 1:200 million?
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In many schools children learn very little. This is a problem in rich countries. By the end of primary school about 9% in high-income countries cannot read with comprehension. But it is a much larger problem in poorer countries. → From my article: ourworldindata.org/better-learning
A very nice study by @KaitlinRaimi @KimWolske and others finding that contrary to many people's concerns, learning about carbon dioxide removal does not reduce people's support for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It also has useful results for improving public communication. twitter.com/KaitlinRaimi/s…
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Hunting and habitat loss drove many large mammals in Europe close to extinction. But the continent’s mammal populations are making a comeback thanks to conservation efforts and more productive agriculture. Learn more: ourworldindata.org/europe-mammal-…
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New Working Paper: "Can Education be Standardized? Evidence from Kenya." bfi.uchicago.edu/working-paper/… With @LobeGray , Anthony Keats, Michael Kremer, Isaac Mbiti. A short 🧵tagging many whose work has made this possible:@DIL_UChii@AW_Bakerr@ecupitoo@Shubhalakshmi99@JoshiMridul99 1/e
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If you got into design because you wanted to use it make the world better, here's your chance, because everyone relies on Our World in Data, right up to national governments. This is the dashboard that drives change. twitter.com/MaxCRoser/stat…
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Deceptively simple idea here from ⁦@TimHarford⁩ - we should do multiple designs for things (policies, our life plan) rather than settling for the first one we come up with on.ft.com/3zeXPAN
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These days we are hiring for a very central role here in the @OurWorldInData-team: our first 'Head of Product & Design'. If you want to join us we'd love to hear from you. If you know someone who might greatly enjoy this work, please tell them about it. ourworldindata.org/head-of-produc…
14:33 on Friday June 3rd, over the North Atlantic Ocean
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Really appreciated this essay from @michael_nielsen on effective altruism and why he's not sold: michaelnotebook.com/eanotes/ Here's a long navel-gazing thread with my reactions:
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One of the insights from international data on test scores in mathematics: students with the same household income tend to reach much better educational outcomes if they live in a richer country. A point I make in my new post ourworldindata.org/better-learning
The number of confirmed + suspected Monkeypox cases has now reached 1003. 👇This is the latest data from@globaldothealthh. — You can contribute to their data production:github.com/globaldothealt…F — And here you can find our 'Monkeypox Data Explorer':ourworldindata.org/monkeypoxGi
Research suggests that many children – especially in the world’s poorest countries – learn only very little in school. What can we do to improve this? My new post is out ourworldindata.org/better-learning 👇 I'll write a short thread below.
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