Seven reasons the world is improving

Julius Probst at BBC gives seven reasons the world is improving:

  1. Life expectancy continues to rise: up from 29 to 71
  2. Child mortality continues to fall: down from 22% to 4.5%
  3. Fertility rates are falling: from around 5 per woman to 2 meaning global population will stabilise
  4. GDP growth has accelerated in developed countries: real incomes double every 36 years
  5. Global income inequality has gone down: hundreds of millions have been lifted out of poverty and for first time in 200+ years over half the world are now “middle class”
  6. More people are living in democracies: gone from 0.9% to 53%
  7. Conflicts are on the decline: there has been no war between great powers since Vietnam

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