Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cigarette consumption between genders

According to The Economist smoking is in the decline in Western Europe by 26% between 1990 to 2009 due to taxes, smoke-free policies and education. Whereas in the Middle East and Africa consumption of cigarettes increased by 57%. In emerging markets 800 million men are smokers whereas only 200 million are women. Moreover, 80% of this male cigarettes consumers are from low-income and middle-income countries. This problem is most apperent in China where 50% of men smoke compared to only 2% of women. In total China consumes 1/3 of world's cigarettes.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Slavery in Mauritania

Slavery still exists in Mauritania today. According to the UN 10% to 20% of people still live in slavery.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The changing demographic trends in London

Barking and Dagenham, in east London. With the fastest-growing birth rate in greater London over the decade to 2010 (up 58%), it also faces the biggest increase in demand for school places. At primary-school level this is set to rise by 43% between the academic years 2010-11 and 2015-16 (see map). Link

Cuba's demographic challenges

Cuba is getting older. “The typical Cuban family consists of two grandparents, two parents and one child,” says Jorge Mario S├ínchez of CEEC. Link