Astounding Stuff.

Author:Wolf, Martin
Position::OFF THE NEWS
 
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"Globally, life expectancy has jumped from 53 years in 1960 to 72 in 2016. China's life expectancy is now 76, the same as Japan's in 1977. Brazil's is now the same as China's. India's is 69. Even Nigeria's life expectancy has risen from 37 in 1960 to 53.

"[E]xtreme poverty...is currently measured by the World Bank as an income of below $ 1.90 a day (at 2011 purchasing power parity). ... In 1800, almost all people lived in such poverty. As recently as 1980, 42 percent of...

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