Thursday April 10, 2014

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has completed a new report "Global Study on Homicide, 2013". The study aims to shed light on the worst of crimes - murder.
In 2012, almost a half of a million people worldwide were victims of intentional homicide. UNODC has also created a website which includes data, maps and other information related to the official report.
What are the odds of being murdered? The Economist suggests the average person has a 1 in 16,000 chance of being killed intentionally. But of course, there is no such thing as an average person. There are lots of factors that play into it.

So, then, what are the risk factors? How do we avoid becoming a statistic?

  • Don't live in the Americas or Africa
  • Western Europe and Eastern Asia are the safest places
  • Honduras is the most violent country
  • Be a woman - men are more likely to be murdered
  • Sit back and age - those over 30 are less likely to be killed
  • Sadly, most murders go without being solved, or at least with no conviction. Only 43% of murders globally result in a conviction.

Read more.

(Source: The Economist)

Posted by Sherri Sunstrum in GOVERNMENT INFORMATION on Thursday Apr 10, 2014  Comments [0]  Bookmark and Share

The UN Global Pulse has created this interactive presentation, which includes an interactive map, charts, statistics, and facts, exploring how the Millennium Development Goals are being discussed on social media.

In 2000, the United Nations agreed to a set of 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were meant to provide a framework from which to reduce poverty by half around the world, by 2015. As that deadline approaches, UN Global Pulse has released this new website.

The visualization shows the 20 countries which have tweeted, on which topics. Included is a cool interactive globe and a heat map.

Learn more about the MDGs and Post-2015 agenda.

(Source: Google Maps Mania)

Posted by Sherri Sunstrum in MAPS/ATLAS on Thursday Apr 10, 2014  Comments [0]  Bookmark and Share
Wednesday April 09, 2014

The Washington Post has compiled a set of 25 new maps that explain the United States.

Some highlights:

  • Where the most well off live
  • Where the breweries are
  • Pizza joints
  • Where the unemployed reside
  • Liberals vs. Conservatives

(Source: The Washington Post)

Posted by Sherri Sunstrum in MAPS/ATLAS on Wednesday Apr 09, 2014  Comments [0]  Bookmark and Share

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