Maps, Guides and Atlas of the State of the World

Maps, Guides and Atlas of the State of the World

Every year, groups of stakeholders and citizens of the world come together to collect data. Many of them have an agenda, but they all care about their cause; that is, the cause and future of mankind. You may have heard of similar projects at the United Nations, the Pew Research Institute, or various environmental groups.

Lately we see that many of those who are quite concerned about global warming are busy collecting data for such books. Now, in case you’ve never heard of it, let me recommend a book you can look up to learn all about it. The book is called;

“The State of the World Atlas” by Michael Kidron and Ronald Segal (a project of Pluto Press). 1981

Now realize that much of these charts, graphs and maps are somewhat dictated by the need of the authors and those involved in the project to make a statement. The data can later be interpreted as a cause, but the concept is for the data to show results and then trace back to the causes and effects of what happened.

We’ve all heard that 1% of the population controls most of the wealth, and no one is too surprised by these findings. We also know that the US produces most of the world’s energy and has by now produced a fair amount of air pollution. In this book, each world region and country is sized based on such resources and uses.

So when it comes to population density, China and India are the biggest, and when it comes to wealth, the US tops everyone else, so you get the idea. And the book is very interesting to look at and think about, in fact I have a copy in my library, you need one too.

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