20th July, 2018
Number of people evacuated from the Syrian towns of Foah and Kafraya this week after enduring an almost three year siege there: 6,900
Source: OCHA


19th July, 2018
Number of children infected with HIV last year: 180,000
Source: UNAIDS


18th July, 2018
Global drop in investment in renewable energy last year: Down seven per cent to $318 billion
Source: IEA


17th July, 2018
Possible cost of rising trade tensions between the US and the rest of the world to the global economy: $US430 billion
Source: IMF via The Guardian


16th July, 2018
Number of civilians killed in Afghanistan in first six months of 2018 (a record high): 1,692 (3,430 injured)
Source: UNAMA


13th July, 2018
Increase among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander females aged 15 years and over who have achieved a certificate, diploma or degree, 2008 to 2014-15: Up 45 per cent
Source: ABS


12th July, 2018
Percentage of North Korean population that need humanitarian assistance: 40 per cent (more than 10 million people)
Source: UN


11th July, 2018
Current world population: 7.6 billion
Source: UN


10th July, 2018
Believed age of an African coin found off the coast of Australia's Arnhem Land (which if confirmed would make it among the oldest foreign artefacts ever found in Australia): Estimated 1,100 to 1,200-years-old
Source: Via ABC


9th July, 2018
Proportion of Australians who suffer 'social jet lag" due to a lack of sleep: Almost one in three
Source: Sleep Medicine study (via SBS)


6th July, 2018
Drop in US teens, aged 16 to 19 years, with summer jobs: From 58 per cent in 1978 to 35 per cent in 2017
Source: Pew Research


5th July, 2018
Number of children now in need for humanitarian aid in war-torn Yemen: 11 million (more than the population of Switzerland)
Source: UNICEF


4th July, 2018
Rise in sexual assault victims in Australia, 2016-2017: Up eight per cent (to almost 25,000 - an eight year high)
Source: ABS


3rd July, 2018
Death toll of would-be migrants who have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea so far in 2018: More than 1,000
Source: IOM


2nd July, 2018
Value of the four year deal signed by US basketballer LeBron James as he moves from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the LA Lakers: $US154 million
Source: ABC


29th June, 2018
Additional amount which the International Labour Organization says needs to be invested in caring for people, including children and older people, by 2030: $US7 trillion
Source: ILO (via The Guardian)


28th June, 2018
Number of children recruited or used as combatants in 2017, globally: More than 8,000
Source: CAAC


27th June, 2018
Rise in opium production, globally, from 2016-17: 65 per cent
Source: UNODC


26th June, 2018
Number of reptiles killed annually by feral cats in Australia: An estimated 649 million
Source: The Conversation


25th June, 2018
Decline in Chinese investment in the US during the first five months of 2018: Down 92 per cent on same period in 2017
Source: CNN Money


22nd June, 2018
Number of police officers serving with 16 UN missions around the world: More than 11,000
Source: UN


21st June, 2018
Number of children reported as suffering from stunted growth due to malnutrition in North Korea in 2017: One in five
Source: UNICEF


20th June, 2018
The number of jobs to be lost at Australian telco giant Telstra by the 2022 financial year: 8,000
Source: Telstra


19th June, 2018
Value of Australia's 'natural capital' as of 30th June, 2017: $AUD6,413 billion
Source: ABS


18th June, 2018
Number of people still listed as officially missing following the eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano in which at least 110 people were killed: 197
Source: CONRED


15th June, 2018
Proportion of people, globally, who say they are concerned about what is real and what is fake on the internet when it comes to news: About 54 per cent
Source: 2018 Reuters Institute Digital News Report


14th June, 2018
Amount by which global sea levels have increased since 2012 due to a tripling of ice losses from Antarctica : three millimetres
Source: NASA


13th June, 2018
Percentage of Americans who believe it is essential the US remain a world leader in space exploration: 72 per cent
Source: Pew Research Center


12th June, 2018
Number of people who required humanitarian assistance, worldwide, as at the end of 2017: 141 million
Source: UNOCHA


8th June, 2018
Number of alleged drug dealers killed by security forces in a three week crackdown in Bangladesh: 130
Source: UN


7th June, 2018
Amount of land now covered by lava as a result of the eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano: About 7.7 square miles (almost 20 square kilometres)
Source: CNN


6th June, 2018
Value of edible food waste in Australia annually: $20 billion
Source: Australian Government (via ABC)


5th June, 2018
Number of nations which are taking action to address plastic pollution: 50
Source: UN report


4th June, 2018
Fine proposed to be levied against the Commonwealth Bank of Australia for breaches of money-laundering and anti-terrorism financing laws in the largest civil penalty in the country's corporate history (the settlement has still to get court approval): $700 million


1st June, 2018
Price achieved for the world's largest freshwater pearl, known as The Sleeping Lion, at an auction in The Netherlands: €374,000
Source: Media reports


31st May, 2018
Number of children around the world at risk of poverty, conflict and discimination against girls: More than 1.2 billion (with 153 million facing all three)
Source: Save the Children report


30th May, 2018
Number of people who were killed when Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico last September (despite the official death toll still standing at 64): More than 4,600
Source: Harvard University study


29th May, 2018
Number of people who quit smoking daily in France in 2016-17: A million
Source: Public Health France (via BBC)


28th May, 2018
Number of people reportedly killed in Bangladesh in a government anti-drug operation launched this month: At least 70
Source: BBC


25th May, 2018
Percentage of Americans who say the US does not have a responsibility to accept refugees: 43 per cent
Source: Pew


24th May, 2018
Average distance Australians travel to get to work: 16 kilometres
Source: ABS


23rd May, 2018
The number of people leaving the North of Central America as refugees and asylum seekers in 2017: More than 294,000 (up 58 per cent on previous year and 16 times more than in 2011)
Source: UNHCR


22nd May, 2018
Increase in land used in opium poppy cultivation in Afganistan, 2016 to 2017: Up 63 per cent (to 328,000 hectares)
Source: UNODC


21st May, 2018
Growth in "cyber-abuse" cases reported by adults to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner in Australia: a 95 per cent month-on-month increase since October
Source: ABC


18th May, 2018
Height of the ash plume from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano: 9.1 kilometres
Source: UGS


17th May, 2018
Estimated number of people who have fled Venezuela between 2015 and 2017: 1.6 million
Source: IOM


16th May, 2018
Number of billionaires worldwide, 2017: 2,754 (up 15 per cent)
Source: Wealth-X


15th May, 2018
Increase in homelessness in Australia between 2011 and 2016: 14 per cent
Source: Australian Homelessness Monitor


14th May, 2018
Proportion of the 11,000 bird species on Earth which are under threat of extinction: One in eight
Source: UN


11th May, 2018
Number of babies, worldwide, who are not breastfed following their birth despite its benefits: 7.6 million
Source: UNICEF


10th May, 2018
Age of Mahathir Mohamad, shock victor of Malaysian elections and now the oldest elected leader in the world: 92


9th May, 2018
Amount of money sent home by migrant workers from Asian nations in 2017: $US256 billion
Source: IFAD


8th May, 2018
Number of undocumented migrants from Venezuela who have registered in neighbouring Colombia: More than 200,000
Source: Colombian Government via Reuters


7th May, 2018
Magnitude of an earthquake which struck the island of Hawaii on 4th May: 6.9
Source: USGS


4th May, 2018
Number of Twitter users, the social media giant is urging to change their passwords after the discovery of a bug: 336 million (all of them)
Source: Twitter


3rd May, 2018
Rate of incarceration of Americans at end of 2016: 860 jail inmates for every 100,000 adults (a 20 year low)
Source: Pew Research


2nd May, 2018
Estimated number of people worldwide who die every year as a result of exposure to fine particles in polluted air: Seven million
Source: WHO


1st May, 2018
Proportion of the world's workforce which earn livelihoods in the 'informal' sector: More than 61 per cent
Source: ILO


30th April, 2018
The amount estimated to have been taken by the film Avengers: Infinity War in its opening weekend (which, if true, would set a new global record): $US630 million
Source: BBC


27th April, 2018
Number of international students in Australia, as of February: 542,054 enrolments (up 12 per cent on previous year)
Source: Department of Education (via ABC)


26th April, 2018
Rise in estimated number of malaria cases, worldwide - 2016 to 2017: From 240,613 to 406,000
Source: WHO


24th April, 2018
Number of people given asylum in Europe in 2017: More than 500,000 (with Germany taking 60 per cent)
Source: Eurostat


23rd April, 2018
Amount offered by former New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg, to cover the lapsed US financial commitment to the Paris agreement on climate change: $US4.5 million
Source: BBC


20th April, 2018
Age of Celino Villanueva Jaramillo, believed to be the world's oldest man when he died in Chile this week: 121 years
Source: The Guardian


19th April, 2018
Number of Starbucks stores closing in the US on 29th May for company-wide "racial bias" training: About 8,000
Source: Starbucks


18th April, 2018
Percentage of the world's population who live in areas where air quality is "unhealthy": At least 95 per cent
Source: State of Global Air report 2018


17th April, 2018
Number of Australian companies targeted as part of worldwide suspected Russian state-sponsored cyber attacks last year: Up to 400
Source: Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne (via ABC)


16th April, 2018
Number of children abducted by terror group Boko Haram in north-eastern Nigeria since 2013: At least 1,000
Source: UNICEF


13th April, 2018
Number of people - drivers, passengers and pedestrians - who die each each on the world's roads: About 1.3 million
Source: UN


11th April, 2018
Amount of C02 emissions, worldwide, accounted for by shipping: 2.2 per cent
Source: International Maritime Organization


10th April, 2018
Number of Australian adults in custody including prisons on 30th June, 2017: 41,202 (up six per cent on previous 12 months)
Source: ABS


9th April, 2018
Number of people crossing from Venezuela into Brazil daily, many of whom are seeking asylum: Almost 800 a day
Source: UNHCR


5th April, 2018
Number of people whose data Facebook may have improperly shared with consultants Cambridge Analytica: Up to 87 million
Source: Facebook via BBC


4th April, 2018
Number of children killed or injured, on average, every day due to the conflict in Yemen since March, 2015: Five
Source: UNICEF


3rd April, 2018
Volume of space junk estimated to be in Earth's orbit: More than 7,500 tonnes
Source: ESA


29th March, 2018
Number of UN peacekeepers killed last year: 59 (the highest annual toll)
Source: UN


28th March, 2018
Age at which compulsory schooling will now begin in France: Three-years-old (down from six)
Source: ABC


27th March, 2018
Rise in use of antibiotics, worldwide, between 2000 and 2015: 65 per cent
Source: Washington-based Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy (via The Guardian)


26th March, 2018
Cost of 'wasted light' in the US alone: More than $AUD4.1 billion
Source: International Dark Sky Association via ABC


23rd March, 2018
Number of people who are living with permanent, war-related impairments as a result of the war in Syria: More than 1.5 million (including 86,000 people who have lost limbs)
Source: UNICEF


22nd March, 2018
Number of anti-government protestors killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo over a 13 month period ending in January, 2018: At least 47
Source: UN human rights report


21st March, 2018
Predicted growth in the amount of plastic in the ocean by 2030: Three times as much
Source: UK Government's Foresight Future of the Sea Report


20th March, 2018
Loss in value of Facebook stock in US on Monday after news Cambridge Analytica had reportedly accessed information of some 50 million users: About $US37 billion
Source: CNN


19th March, 2018
Proportion of the US public who are "very" or "somewhat" confident the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller will conduct a fair investigation into Russia's possible involvement in 2016 US presidential election: 61 per cent
Source: Pew Research Center


16th March, 2018
Cost of natural disaster to the agricultural sectors of developing nations' economies in terms of crop losses and losses to livestock production, 2005-2015: $US96 billion
Source: FAO


15th March, 2018
Move of Finland in this year's World Happiness Report: From fifth place in 2017 to 1st place in 2018
Source: 2018 World Happiness Report


14th March, 2018
Number of homeless people in Australia on Census night, 2016: More than 116,000 (up 14 per cent from 2011 Census)
Source: ABS


13th March, 2018
Number of people killed in the Syrian civil war since it began seven years ago: About 511,000 people
Source: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


12th March, 2018
Amount of US arms exports which went to Middle Eastern states in 2013-17:  49 per cent
Source: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute


9th March, 2018
Number of dead and wounded people received by medical facilities in Eastern Ghouta in Syria in the two weeks to 4th March: More than 1,000 dead and 4,800 wounded
Source: Doctors Without Borders (MSF)


8th March, 2018
Likelihood of refugee girls to enrol in secondary level education compared to boys: About half
Source: UNCHR


7th March, 2018
Increase in opioid overdoses in US from July 2016 to September 2017: About 30 per cent to 142,000
Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


6th March, 2018
Number of countries currently receiving external food assistance where civil war and insecurity are the direct cause of high hunger rates: 16
Source: FAO


5th March, 2018
Decline in number of wild tigers in Asia, from 100 years ago to today: About 100,000 to less than 4,000
Source: UN


2nd March, 2018
Number of babies born globally each year which are at risk of permanent (and preventable) brain damage due to a lack of iodine: Almost 19 million
Source: UNICEF


1st March, 2018
Number of guns handed in under Australia's National Firearms Amnesty last year: 57,324
Source: Australian Government


28th February, 2018
Percentage shift in anti-Semitic incidents in US in 2017 (compared with 2016): Up 57 per cent
Source: US Anti-Defamation League


27th February, 2018
Number of civlians injured or killed in violence in Afghanistan in 2017: 10,453


26th February, 2018
Number of schoolgirls still missing after a Boko Haram raid on the town of Dapchi in northern Nigeria last week: 110
Source: Nigerian Government 


23rd February, 2018
Proportion of gun owners in the US who say stricter access to guns would make no difference to number of mass shootings (2017 study): 53 per cent (compared to 32 per cent of non-gun owners) 
Source: Pew Research


22nd February, 2018
Number of newborns who do not survive the first month of life annually: 2.6 million
Source: UNICEF


21st February, 2018
Proportion of Australian public school principals who have experienced violence: 43 per cent
Source: Australian Catholic University study (via Fairfax Media)


20th February, 2018
Rise in the number of measles cases in Europe in 2017 compared to previous year: 400 per cent
Source: WHO


19th February, 2018
Number of people allegedly affiliated with terror group Boko Haram released for rehabilitation under orders from a Nigerian court: 475
Source: The Guardian


16th February, 2018
Number of orangutans killed or removed from Borneo in the 16 years to 2015 : More than 100,000 (about half)
Source: Current Biology


15th February, 2018
Percentage of African Americans who self-identify as Christians: 79 per cent
Source: Pew Research


14th February, 2018
Number of about 380 of Australia's largest companies which have been no tax for at least the past three years: One in five
Source: ABC analysis


13th February, 2018
Number of 'child soldiers' released in 2017: 5,000
Source: UN


12th February, 2018
Number of the seven 'Closing the Gap' targets to improve life for Indigenous Australians which are classed as "on track": Three
Source: Closing the Gap


9th February, 2018
Amount sought by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization to create a "firewall against famine": $US1.06 billion
Source: FAO


8th February, 2018
Length of a speech advocating for the so-called 'Dreamers' (undocumented migrants brought to the US as children who are now facing deportation)  by politician Nancy Pelosi given in the US House of Representatives (in what is believed to have set a new record): Eight hours, seven minutes
Source: New York Times


7th February, 2018
Number of casualities caused by landmines every week in the former Islamic State stronghold of Syria: 50 to 70
Source: UN


6th February, 2018
Amount wiped off the US-based Dow Jones on 5th February (biggest points fall in a single day): 1,175 points
Source: ABC


5th February, 2018
Estimated age of tomb built for a high ranking female official whichwas unveiled by Egyptian archaeologists on Sunday: 4,400 years
Source: NPR


2nd February, 2018
Amount wiped off the global value of Bitcoin in January, 2018: $US44 billion
Source: Guardian report


1st February, 2018
Amount lost to economies of BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - due to premature cancer deaths in 2012: $US46.3 billion
Source: WHO


31st January, 2018
Proportion of Afghanistan in which the Taliban are now "openly active": 70 per cent
Source: BBC study


30th January, 2018
Estimated number of "unwanted" girls who have been born to families in India as they have attempted to have sons: 21 million 
Source: Indian Government report


29th January, 2018
Amount by which the flooding French River Seine has risen (compared to its usual level at this time of year): About six metres
Source: Via ABC


25th January, 2018
Percentage of Americans who believe abortion should be illegal in all or most cases: 40 per cent
Source: Pew Research


24th January, 2018
Number of murders in Mexico during 2017 (a record high): 25,339
Source: Mexican Government (via CNN)


23rd January, 2018
Number of unemployed people worldwide: 192 million
Source: International Labour Organization


22nd January, 2018
Number of billionaires in Australia (up eight on previous year): 33
Source: Oxfam


19th January, 2018
Number of people who travelled by air last year, a global record: 4.1 billion
Source: UN International Civil Aviation Organization


18th January, 2018
Percentage of Australians who could identify the historical origins of holding Australia Day on 26th January: 38 per cent (from a list of 11 options)
Source: Australia Institute survey


17th January, 2018
Amount of sunshine seen in Moscow during December, 2017 (setting a record for the lowest amount): Six minutes
Source: BBC


16th January, 2018
Number of people, globally, who identify as Indigenous: 370 million
Source: FAO


15th January, 2018
Estimated number of people killed by air, water and chemical hazards annually: 12.6 million
Source: WHO/UNEP


12th January, 2018
Percentage of people living in 38 countries globally who say it is never acceptable for news organisations to favour one political party over another when reporting news: 75 per cent
Source: Pew Research Center


11th January, 2018
Number of former rebel combatants in Colombia who require socio-economic reintegration following a peace agreement made in late 2016: 14,000 
Source: Jean Arnault, UN secretary-general's special representative.


10th January, 2018
Cost of natural disasters in the US during 2017 (a new record): $US306 billion 
Source: NOAA


9th January, 2018
Rise in complaints about calls from telemarketers in Australia during 2016-17: 20 per cent to 28,200
Source: ACMA


8th January, 2018
Temperature in Sydney on 7th January, 2018 (the hottest recorded there since 1939): 47.3 degrees Celsius
Source: Bureau of Meteorology


5th January, 2018
Proportion of Americans who meditate at least weekly: 40 per cent
Source: Pew Research Center


4th January, 2018
Percentage of car sales in Norway which involved electric or hybrid vehicles in 2017: More than 50 per cent
Source: Norwegian Road Federation


3rd January, 2018
Percentage of Australia's workforce who were aged 65-years-old and older in 2016: About 14 per cent (compared to 9.4 per cent in 2006)
Source: Census, ABS


2nd January, 2018
Proportion of US young adults aged 18 to 25 who have experienced some form of homelessness in 2016: One in 10
Source: Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in Americapublished in the Journal of Adolescent Health study


22nd December, 2017
Number of cholera cases in Yemen in the past 18 months: More than one million
Source: ICRC


21st December, 2017
Amount which the Trump Administration's landmark tax bill will add to the national debt over the next decade: $US1.5 trillion
Source: BBC


20th December, 2017
Number of civilians killed in airstrikes in Yemen between 6th and 16th December, 2017: 136
Source: OHCHR


18th December, 2017
Proportion of Australians who are exposing themselves to harmful levels of noise through earphones and headphones: One in 10
Source: Study by the National Acoustic Laboratories at Macquarie University


15th December, 2017
Amount of e-waste generated in 2016: 44.7 million metric tonnes (up eight per cent on 2014)
Source: Global E-Waste Monitor 2017


14th December, 2017
Decline in the amount of sea ice formed over a number of years in the Arctic, 1985 to 2017: From 45 per cent to 21 per cent
Source: NOAA


13th December, 2017
Decline in the daily intake of added sugars (as well as those in honey and naturally present in fruit juices) in children aged between two and 18, over the period from 1995 to 2011-12: 23 per cent
Source: ABS


12th December, 2017
Proportion of youth without internet access in Africa compared to Europe: About three out of five/one out of 25
Source: Children in a Digital World


11th December, 2017
Number of homes destroyed so far in fires in southern California: 800
Source: BBC


8th December, 2017
Proportion of Australia's biggest companies that didn't pay tax in 2015-16: A third
Source: ATO report via The West Australian


7th December, 2017
Amount lost in Australia gambling in 2015-16: $24 billion
Source: Queensland Government's Australian Gambling Statistics


6th December, 2017
Number of countries which have been named on the EU's first ever tax haven blacklist: 17
Source: Council of the European Union


5th December, 2017
Amount by which US President Donald Trump has reduced two protected "national monuments" in Utah: Some two million acres (809,000 hectares) - including cutting the Bears Ears National Monument by 85 per cent)
Source: New York Times


4th December, 2017
Amount the UN is seeking for humanitarian relief in 2018: More than $US22.5 billion
Source: UN


1st December, 2017
Amount Australian households spend on average on holidays within Australia and overseas: $4,000
Source: ABS


30th November, 2017
Estimated value of the global fake drugs trade annually: $US30 billion
Source: WHO


29th November, 2017
Number of successful armed coups to change national regimes globally since World War II: 225
Source: Pew/Center for Systemic Peace


28th November, 2017
The value of a Bitcoin after virtual currency hit a new record high on Monday: $US9,700
Source: BBC


27th November, 2017
Number of would be migrants reported to have died on gone missing attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe between 2000 and 2017: At least 33,761
Source: IOM


24th November, 2017
Proportion of Australians who have never heard of the 'Black Friday' sales: 27 per cent
Source: McCrindle


23rd November, 2017
Proportion of people in US who say the Reformation was justified: 86 per cent
Source: Barna Group


22nd November, 2017
Change in the number of people in South Africa with HIV who have access to antiretrovial therapy: From 90 in 2,000 to more than four million today
Source: UNAIDS


21st November, 2017
Number of children who are more likely to exist in extreme poverty, be out of school or be killed by violence, than children in those same countries 20 years ago: 180 million in 37 countries
Source: UNICEF


20th November, 2017
Rise in percentage of Australians visiting China in, September, 2016, to September, 2017: Up 17.4 per cent
Source: ABS


17th November, 2017
Proportion of people from Darfur, Sudan, who remain displaced from their homes despite a decline in violence in the region: Almost a third
Source: UNAMID


16th November, 2017
Number of people killed in 2016 due to terror attacks (down 22 per cent from a 2014 peak): 25,673
Source: Global Terrorism Index


15th November, 2017
Estimated number of children who work, globally: 152 million
Source: ILO


14th November, 2017
Number of supercomputers in China (the most of any country): 202
Source: Top500 survey


13th November, 2017
Number of people from the Central African Republic who are either internally displaced or living as a refugee in another nation: One in four


10th November, 2017
Proportion of Orthodox Christians who live in Europe: 77 per cent
Source: Pew Research Centre


9th November, 2017
Proportion of the world's known stateless population who belong to minority groups: More than 75 per cent
Source: UNHCR report


8th November, 2017
Decline in proportion of Australians who had experienced some form of violence in the past year: From 8.3 per cent in 2005 to 5.4 per cent in 2016
Source: ABS


7th November, 2017
Percentage of armed conflicts within countries over the past 65 years which had a significant natural resource dimension: At least 40 per cent
Source: UNEP


6th November, 2017
Increase in HIV diagnoses among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people since 2012: 39 per cent (despite the overall number of HIV diagnoses in Australia remaining stable)
Source: The Kirby Institute


3rd November, 2017
Number of civilians executed by the so-called Islamic State during the battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul: At least 741
Source: UN report


2nd November, 2017
Number of the world’s two-to four-year-olds who experience either psychological aggression or physical punishment, or both, by their caregivers at home: About 300 million (75 per cent)
Source: UNICEF


1st November, 2017
Percentage of the world's Christians who are Protestants: 37 per cent
Source: Pew Research


31st October, 2017
World carbon dioxide levels in 2016 (after a record increase of 3.3 parts per million since 2015): 403.3 parts per million
Source: World Meteorological Organization


30th October, 2017
Number of files relating to the assassination of former US President John F Kennedy released by the US National Archives and Records Administration on 26th October, 2017: About 2,891
Source: National Archives


26th October, 2017
Number of reported polio cases, worldwide, in 2017 (fewer than ever before, says the WHO, noting that eradication is within reach): 12 in two countries
Source: WHO


25th October, 2017
Number of foreign fighters, from 33 nations, who spent time in territories controlled by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria and who have since returned to their home countries, including Australia: At least 5,600
Source: The Soufan Group report


24th October, 2017
Amount of ivory seized worldwide in 2016: About 40 tonnes (a record level)
Source: Cites via BBC


23rd October, 2017
Percentage of Australians who indicated they had experienced food security at least once in the last 12 months: 15 per cent (3.6 million)
Source: Foodbank Australia/McCrindle research


20th October, 2017
Estimated number of people, globally, whose premature deaths are attributable to pollution each year: Nine million
Source: Study published in The Lancet


19th October, 2017
Number of children from South Sudan who have been reunited with their families by UNICEF and partner agencies since conflict broke out in the fledging nation in 2013: 5,000
Source: UNICEF


11th October, 2017
Percentage of homes in the Caribbean nation of Dominica which were destroyed in Hurricane Maria: Estimated 23 per cent
Source: IOM


10th October, 2017
Global unemployment total for 2017: More than 200 million (3.4 million more than last year)
Source: ILO


9th October, 2017
Number of 'ever-married' women, aged 15 to 49, who have experienced physical or sexual partner violence in most Arab states: One in three
Source: WHO


6th October, 2017
Number of verified cases of children recruited and used by armed groups in Syria, 2016 (more than double the previous year): 851
Source: Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict


5th October, 2017
Rate of drug-induced deaths among Australians (highest level since late 1990s): 7.5 deaths per 100,000
Source: ABS


4th October, 2017
Number of Yahoo accounts the company says were affected by August, 2013 hacking (revised up from 1 billion): All of its 3 billion accounts
Source: Yahoo


3rd October, 2017
Proportion of the 750 million people globally who went online for the first time between 2012 and 2015 who live in India or China: Almost 90 per cent
Source: ITU


2nd October, 2017
Estimated proportion of people, globally, who will be aged at least 60 in 2050: One in five
Source: WHO


29th September, 2017
Number of animal species that have travelled to the US on 'rafts' of debris which were washed out to sea in the 2011 tsunami in Japan: At least 289 (with as many as 65 per cent not native to the US)
Source: Research paper published in Science


28th September, 2017
Number of people who crossed international borders, globally, in 2016: 1,235 million
Source: UN World Tourism Organization


27th September, 2017
Percentage of children, globally, who experienced some form of violence in 2015: Almost three out of four
Source: Know Violence in Childhood report


26th September, 2017
Estimated turnout of voters in Iraq's Kurdistan region in a referendum on independence from Iraq: 72 per cent
Source: Electoral Commission via BBC


25th September, 2017
Number of terms won by German Chancellor Angela Merkel following her re-election on the weekend: Four


22nd September, 2017
Percentage of European-based Muslims who said they feel "strongly attached" to their country of residence: 76 per cent
Source: European Union Agency for Fundamental Human Rights survey


21st September, 2017
Number of children aged under five, globally, who live in areas affected by conflict: About 75 million
Source: UNICEF


20th September, 2017
Drop in number of North Koreans who escaped to South Korea over January to August, 2017, compared to same period in 2016: Down 12.7 per cent (to 780)
Source: Yonhap News Agency


19th September, 2017
Percentage of Mexicans who have a negative opinion of the US (compared to two years ago): 65 per cent compared to 29 per cent
Source: Pew Research


18th September, 2017
Rise in the proportion of of amphetamine (ice) users seeking help from the Salvation Army's William Booth House in Sydney over the past five years: From 16 per cent of clients to 57 per cent of clients
Source: Salvation Army


15th September, 2017
Proportion of deaths, globally, in which poor diet is a factor: One in five
Source: Results of the Global Burden of Disease Study published in Lancet (via The Guardian)


14th September, 2017
Value of the international trade in small arms during 2014: At least $US6 billion
Source: Small Arms Survey


13th September, 2017
Annual budget awarded to The Philippines' Commission on Human Rights, the public body investigating the nation's controversial war on drugs, by the nation's Congress: 1,000 pesos ($US20)
Source: BBC


12th September, 2017
Estimated economic cost of Hurricane's Harvey and Irma: As high as $US290 billion 
Source: AccuWeather


11th September, 2017
Number of adults, globally, who are illiterate: 750 million
Source: UNESCO


8th September, 2017
Number of guns handed in under Australia's national gun amnesty since July: 25,999 (an average of 464 a day)
Source: Justice Minister Michael Keenan


7th September, 2017
Number of six to 15-year-old children out of school today, globally, compared to in 2007: 123 million (or 11.5 per cent of all school age children) compared with 135 million or 12.5 per cent)
Source: UNICEF


6th September, 2017
Amount of pure alcohol consumed by Australians aged 15 years and over in 2015-16: 9.7 litres (first increase in 10 years)
Source: ABS


5th September, 2017
Number of children in Nepal, India and Bangladesh in "urgent need" of life-saving support following monsoonal floods: Estimated 16 million
Source: UNICEF


4th September, 2017
Percentage of Australians feeling "financially stressed": 30 per cent
Source: Coredata/Financial Mindfulness Financial Stress Survey via Sydney Morning Herald


1st September, 2017
Estimated number of houses damaged in Texas flooding (and the death toll has reached 35): 100,000
Source: Texan authorities


31st August, 2017
Estimated number of Rohingya who have fled Myanmar since violence erupted last week: 18,500
Source: IOM


30th August, 2017
Number of visitors to Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral annually: Up to 14 million
Source: The Guardian


29th August, 2017
Revised number of those killed in recent mudslide on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown: More than 1,000
Source: Local leaders quoted in various media


28th August, 2017
Amount by which the cost of flour and rice has risen in Syria since the outbreak of the civil war: By 300 per cent and 650 per cent respectively
Source: Aid to the Church in Need


25th August, 2017
Amount won by Mavis Wanczyk in the biggest lottery win in US history: $US758.7 million
Source: Via BBC


24th August, 2017
Number of active duty US military personnel deployed overseas in 2016: 193,442 (the first time it's dipped below 200,000 in 60 years)
Source: Pew Research


23rd August, 2017
Rise in the UK in reports of child neglect in the past five years: More than 60 per cent
Source: NSPCC


22nd August, 2017
Number of aid workers who were the victims of violence, worldwide, in 2016: 288
Source: UN


21st August, 2017
Date of the earliest ever recorded solar eclipse: 2,134 BC (by Chinese astrologers Hsi and Ho)
Source: NASA


18th August, 2017
Cost to the economy in health bills, lost productivity and well-being due to sleep deprivation in Australia: $66.3 billion 
Source: Deloitte Access Economics report


17th August, 2017
Rise in number of people displaced from their homes due to fighting in Central African Republic, from the end of April to now: Up 27 per cent (to 600,000)
Source: UNICEF


16th August, 2017
Number of Australians aged 15 to 24 who did volunteer work in the 12 months prior to the Census: More than 500,000 (of 2,988,390 total)
Source: ABS


15th August, 2017
Number of displaced Syrians who have returned to their homes so far this year: More than 600,000
Source: IOM


14th August, 2017
Number of previously unknown volcanoes discovered by scientists under the ice sheet that covers west Antarctica: 91
Source: The Guardian


4th August, 2017
Amount reportedly paid to transfer 25-year-old Brazilian soccer player Neymar da Silva Santos, Jr, from Barcelona Paris Saint-Germain: €222 million
Source: ESPNFC


3rd August, 2017
Amount lost to credit card fraud in Australia, 2016: $534 million (up from $469 million in 2015)
Source: Australian Payments Network


2nd August, 2017
Anticipated number of mobile broadband subscriptions expected to be reached this year around the world: 4.3 billion
Source: International Telecommunications Union


1st August, 2017
Proportion of Australian university students who say they were sexually harassed on at least one occasion last year: 51 per cent
Source: Australian Human Rights Commission report


31st July, 2017
Estimated number of babies expected to be born in South Korea this year (a record low in the nation of 51 million): About 360,000
Source: Via BBC


28th July, 2017
Estimated number of people globally affected by viral hepatitis in 2015: 325 million
Source: WHO


27th July, 2017
Rise in number of anti-Semitic attacks in first six month of 2017 in UK (compared to same period last year): 30 per cent (up to 767)
Source: Community Security Trust


26th July, 2017
Number of Australians who have more than one job: Estimated at 763,200
Source: ABS


25th July, 2017
Percentage of people, globally, who believe the US is the world's leading economic power compared with those who think China is: 42 per cent/32 per cent
Source: Pew Research


24th July, 2017
Percentage of the 668 overdose deaths in Australia in 2013 related to pharmaceutical opioids: 70 per cent
Source: National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre


21st July, 2017
Amount of plastic created worldwide since the early 1950s (most of which now resides in landfill sites or the natural environment): 8.3 billion metric tonnes
Source: University of California study


20th July, 2017
Number of terror attacks which took place worldwide during 2016: 11,072 resulting in 25,600 deaths (attacks were down nine per cent on previous year/fatalities down 13 per cent)
Source: US State Department report


19th July, 2017
Number of Netflix subscribers worldwide: More than 100 million
Source: The Guardian


18th July, 2017
Number of homes which are unoccupied in Australia: 11.2 per cent (up from 9.8 per cent in 2006)
Source: ABS Census via Sydney Morning Herald


17th July, 2017
Number of times Swiss player Roger Federer has won the men's draw at the tennis championships at Wimbledon, England: Eight (the most by a man since the event started in 1877)


14th July, 2017
Increase in motor vehicle theft in Australia in 2016 to more than 56,000: Nine per cent
Source: ABS


13th July, 2017
Number of people who have to spend more than 30 minutes a trip to collect water outside the home: 263 million
Source: WHO and UNICEF joint report


12th July, 2017
Percentage of the world's greenhouse gas emissions since 1998 which have been created by just 100 companies: More than 70 per cent
Source: Carbon Majors Report (via The Guardian)


11th July, 2017
Number of nations expected to contribute half of the world's population by 2050: Nine (US, India, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Uganda, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Tanzania and Indonesia)
Source: UN data via BBC


10th July, 2017
Percentage of offline attacks on Muslims in Australia which occurred in crowded spaces like shopping centres or train stations, September 2014 to December, 2015: 48 per cent
Source: Islamaphobia report


7th July, 2017
Number of countries that are lacking a cybersecurity plan: About half
Source: Global Cybersecurity Index


6th July, 2017
Number of people shot in Chicago over the Independence Day holliday long weekend: At least 101 resulting in 15 deaths
Source: Chicago Tribune


5th July, 2017
Number of trees planted in Madhya Pradesh, India, between 7am and 7pm on 2nd July to honour a pledge made at the Paris climate change summit: 66 million
Source: National Geographic


4th July, 2017
Number of weapons the UN has received from members of the leftist Colombian rebel group FARC as part of a peace deal between the group and the government (as of 27th June, 2016): 7,132
Source: UN Mission in Colombia


3rd July, 2017
Estimated number of formerly internally displaced people who have returned to their homes in Syria during the first six months of 2017: More than 440,000 
Source: UN report


30th June, 2017
Number of illicit drug-related arrests made in Australia during 2015-16 (a record high):154,538
Source: Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission


29th June, 2017
Number of plastic bottles purchased every minute around the world: One million
Source: Guardian report


28th June, 2017
Number of users, globally, who are on Facebook (as of 27th June, 2017): Two billion
Source: Facebook


27th June, 2017
Median percentage of people in 37 nations who have confidence in US President Donald Trump's handling of world affairs: 22 per cent
Source: Pew Research


26th June, 2017
Estimated value of the Great Barrier Reef: $56 billion (about 12 Sydney Opera Houses)
Source: Deloitte Access Economics report


23rd June, 2017
Estimated number of highrise buildings in England which are being tested for flammable cladding in wake of Grenfell Tower fire in which 79 people died: 600
Source:  UK Govermment spokesperson


22nd June, 2017
Predicted size of the world's population by 2030: 8.6 billion (it is now at least 7.6 billion)
Source:  UN


21st June, 2017
Temperature reached in Death Valley, California, this week during a heatwave affecting the western US this week: 125 degrees Fahrenheit (51.7 degress Celsius)
Source: Guardian


20th June, 2017
Number of children aged under 17 who die from gun-related injuries annually in the US: About 1,300
Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via BBC


19th June, 2017
Proportion of Australians who believe the US has an "overall positive" influence on world affairs, 2016 compared to 2017: 60 per cent dropping to 37 per cent
Source: Ipsos/Via SMH


16th June, 2017
Number of children living in 'rich' countries who live in relative poverty: 1 in 5
Source: UNICEF


15th June, 2017
Number of civilians killed in US-led coalition airstrikes on Raqqa, de facto capital of the so-called Islamic State, amid attempts to liberate the city: At least 300
Source: UN Independent Commission of Inquiry


14th June, 2017
Proportion of adult women in Australia who had experienced 'stalking' during their lifetime: 1 in 5
Source: ABS


13th June, 2017
Amount earned pre-tax between June, 2016, and July, 2017, by the world's 100 highest paid entertainers: $US5.15 billion
Source: Forbes


9th June, 2017
Number of civilians, including women and children, killed by the so-called Islamic State as they tried to flee Mosul in the past two weeks: More than 231
Source: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights


8th June, 2017
Number of women in the list of the 100 highest paid athletes in the world: 1 (tennis player Serena Williams, at number 51 earning $US27 million)
Source: Forbes


7th June, 2017
Number of countries who will mark Father's Day on 18th June, 2017: More than 90 (Australia is not one, marking the day on 3rd September)


6th June, 2017
Percentage of Australians/Japanese/Americans who believe their children will be financially better off: 24 per cent/19 per cent/37 per cent
Source: Pew


5th June, 2017
Number of children worldwide who live in residential care: At least 2.7 million
Source: UNICEF


2nd June, 2017
Decline in the number of children, globally, dying from diarrhoea between 2005 and 2015: A third less (but still at about 499,000 in 2015)
Source: Lancet study


1st June, 2017
Rise in the number of homeless in the US city of Los Angeles over the year to January: 20 per cent (to 34,189)
Source: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority


31st May, 2017
Proportion of items collected in annual international coastal and urban clean-ups which consist of cigarette butts: Estimated 30 to 40 per cent
Source WHO report


30th May, 2017
Number of items on the market which have Fairtrade certification in Australia and New Zealand: About 3,000
Source: ABC


29th May, 2017
Total value of Australia's environmental assets/natural capital as at 30th June, 2016: $6,138 billion
Source: ABS 


26th May, 2017
Number of NATO countries which failed to meet their agreed defence spending target of two per cent of GDP in 2016: 23 (of 28 - only the US, UK, Greece, Poland and Estonia made the target)
Source: The Economist


25th May, 2017
Number of children aged under five dying each day in Myanmar: Up to 150
Source: UNICEF


24th May, 2017
Percentage of people in Central and Eastern European nations who believe strong Russia is necessary to balance the influence of the West: 52 per cent
Source: Pew


23rd May, 2017
Estimated percentage of human trafficking victims, globally, who are children: 28 per cent
Source: UNICEF study


22nd May, 2017
Number of consecutive days of protests against the regime of President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela as of 20th May, 2017: 50


19th May, 2017
Proportion of European adolescents who are overweight: One in three males/one in five females
Source: WHO study


18th May, 2017
Decline in the female labour force in India between 2004-05 and 2011-12: 19.6 million
Source: World Bank study


17th May, 2017
Number of 10 to 19-year-olds who died of road injuries, globally, in 2015: 115,000
Source: WHO


16th May, 2017
Percentage of Australian fathers in two parent families who look after their children fulltime: Four per cent
Source: Australian Institute of Family Studies


15th May, 2017
Amount lost by Australians to scams in 2016: Almost $300 million (up 47 per cent on previous year)
Source: ACCC Targeting Scams report


12th May, 2017
Proposed height of a statue of 17th century "warrior prince" Shivaji which is intended to be constructed on an island near Mumbai, India (and which would be the talllest statue in the world): 201 metres
Source: Economist


11th May, 2017
Difference between traffic fatalities in Europe and Africa: Fatalities in Europe are three times lower
Source: WHO (during Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week)


10th May, 2017
Rise in number of women dying in childbirth Venezuela last year: 65 per cent
Source: Via BBC


9th May, 2017
Number of children who have been forced to flee South Sudan due to escalating fighting in the nation: More than one million
Source: UNICEF


8th May, 2017
Proportion of Australians who have been victims of 'image-based abuse' (including so-called 'revenge porn'): One in five people
Source: RMIT study


5th May, 2017
Number of solo engagements attended by Prince Philip during seven decades of service: 22,191
Source: Via ABC


4th May, 2017
Age at which British men say they feel most lonely: 35-years-old
Source: Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness


3rd May, 2017
Claimed age of an Indonesian man Sodimedjo (known as Mbah Ghoto, 'Grandpa Ghoto') who died this week and who some say may have been the world's oldest: 146
Source: The Guardian


2nd May, 2017
Number of civilians killed in US-led airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria since operations commenced in 2014 (according to the US Department of Defense/monitoring group Airwars): At least 352/At least 3,164
Source: US Department of Defense - Operation Inherent Resolve/Airwars


1st May, 2017
Number of 'interactions' received by Australian crisis and suicide prevention service Lifeline via phone and chat during 2016: About 1,000,000
Source: Lifeline


28th April, 2017
Rise in anti-Semitic attacks in US in 2016 compared to previous year: 34 per cent
Source: Anti-Defamation League


27th April, 2017
Number of children around the world estimated to miss out on full vaccinations each year: 19 million
Source: UNICEF


26th April, 2017
Proportion of people living in South American nations of Mexico, Chile and Ecuador who are 'obese': More than two-thirds
Source: WFP


24th April, 2017
Rise in adult literacy around the world, 1950 to 2015: From just over half to 86 per cent
Source: UNESCO


21st April, 2017
Amount spent per child on educational aid to the world's poorest countries: $US8 a child
Source: Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education


20th April, 2017
Distance at which an almost kilometre-wide asteroid nicknamed 'The Rock' passed by the Earth on 19th April (considered a very close approach): 1.8 million kilometres (or about 4.6 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon)
Source: NASA


19th April, 2017
Sum taken in for film The Fate of the Furious in its opening weekend (a new record): $US532.5 million
Source: ABC


18th April, 2017
Amount of explosive contained in the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (Moab) bomb, the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat, dropped in Afghanistan by US forces on 13th April, 2017: 8,164 kilograms
Source: The Guardian


13th April, 2017
Australia's 2016 ranking among OECD nations in terms of the foreign aid it gives as a percentage of gross national income (GNI): 17th out of 29 on the list.
Source: OECD


12th April, 2017
Estimated number of people, globally, supported by money sent home by relatives who have migrated: 750 million
Source: IFAD


11th April, 2017
Estimated percentage of Syrian Government's operational aircraft destroyed in US airstrike last week: 20 per cent
Source: BBC


10th April, 2017
Rise in the number of female versus male offenders in Australia, 2015-16: Five per cent/one per cent
Source: ABS


7th April, 2017
Proportion of all deaths attributable to smoking, worldwide: One in 10
Source: Lancet via The Guardian


6th April, 2017
Number of tree species on Earth: 60,065
Source: Botanical Gardens Conservation International


5th April, 2017
Size of the largest seizure of crystal methamphetamine (ice) in Australia (just announced by Australian authorities): 903 kg (with a street value of almost $A900 million)
Source: Australian Minister for Justice


4th April, 2017
Correct age of US actress Doris Day (discovered after a newspaper found her birth certificate ending speculation she was 93): 95 (born on 3rd April, 1922)
Source: AP


3rd April, 2017
Percentage of Australians who do not eat enough fruit and vegetables: 80 per cent
Source: CSIRO report


31st March, 2017
Number of spacewalks undertaken by US astronaut Peggy Whitson (the most by a female astronaut): 8
Source: NASA


30th March, 2017
Population of Sydney, as of 30th June, 2016: 5,005,400 people
Source: ABS


29th March, 2017
Change in divorce rates in US among over 50s, 1990-2015: From five divorces per 1000 married people to 10.
Source: Pew Research


28th March, 2017
Number of aid workers killed in South Sudan since December, 2013 (including six killed when their convoy was ambushed on 25th March, 2017): At least 79
Source: UN


27th March, 2017
Number of lives claimed worldwide by tuberculosis, the world's "top infectious disease killer", each day: About 5,000
Source: WHO


24th March, 2017
Multiple by which light from the German-based "world's largest artificial sun" is more intense than natural sunlight on the Earth: About 10,000 times
Source: The Guardian


23rd March, 2017
Amount of territory liberated from the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in the past two years: More than 50,000 square kilomtres
Source: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson


22nd March, 2017
Number of countries where women are legally excluded from certain jobs because of their gender: 100
Source: UN Human Development Index 2017


21st March, 2017
Jump in the number of billionaires (in US dollars), globally, from 2016 to this year: Up 13 per cent (from 1,810 to 2,043)
Source: Forbes


20th March, 2017
Percentage of the universe that cannot be seen by any telescopes because it is made of 'dark matter' or 'dark energy' that doesn't interact with light: About 95 per cent
Source: BBC


17th March, 2017
Adults who report owning a smartphone in China versus India, 2016: 68 per cent versus 18 per cent
Source: Pew Research


16th March, 2017
Rise in the production of the coca plant (which can be used to make cocaine) in Colombia in 2016 compared with previous year: 18 per cent
Source: US White House report via Daily Telegraph


15th March, 2017
Number of medical personnel killed in the Syria conflict since 2011: At least 814
Source: Lancet Commission on Syria via The Guardian


14th March, 2017
Number of US people who would lose health insurance coverage in 2018 under a new Republican healthcare plan slated to replace 'Obamacare': Estimated 14 million
Source: US Congressional Budget Office


10th March, 2017
Number of criminal gangs operating across Europe: At least 5,000
Source: Europol


9th March, 2017
Number of current world leaders who are female: 15 (eight of whom are the first woman to hold the post)
Source: Pew Research


8th March, 2017
Number of Australian weather records broken over the 90 days of summer: More than 200
Source: Climate Council of Australia


7th March, 2017
Number of children under the age of five, globally, who die each year as a result of polluted environments: 1.7 million
Source: WHO


6th March, 2017
Amount Australians pay, on average, for seven commonly prescribed drugs compared to the 'best international price': Five times
Source: Grattan Institute report


3rd March, 2017
Number of Chinese visitor arrivals to Australia in 2016 (a record high, up from 500 in 1976): 1.2 million
Source: ABS


2nd March, 2017
Closing mark of the US Dow Jones index on 1st March, 2017 (a new record high): 21,155.55 points 


1st March, 2017
Verified number of boys recruited to serve as child soldiers in conflict in Yemen between 26th March, 2015, and 31st January, 2017: 1,476
Source: OHCHR


28th February, 2017
Amount by which US President Donald Trump has said he wants to boost US military spending: $US54 (to $US603 billion)
Source: White House


27th February, 2017
Number of attacks on immigrants in Germany during 2016: 3,533 (2,545 on individuals and 988 on hostels and housing)
Source: Germany's Interior Ministry via Financial Times


24th February, 2017
Percentage of the world's coral reefs expected to have "disappeared" by 2050: 90 per cent
Source: 50 Reefs


23rd February, 2017
Distance of star Trappist-1 (which NASA says is orbited by seven planets) from Earth: About 40 light years
Source: NASA


22nd February, 2017
Expected average life expectancy of a baby girl born in South Korea in 2030: 90.8 years
Source: Imperial College London/WHO study


21st February, 2017
Number of billionaires in the world: 2,473
Source: Wealth-X via New York Times


20th February, 2017
Percentage of global major arms exports which come from the US, Russia, China, France and Germany (the five biggest exporters): 74 per cent
Source: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute


17th February, 2017
Rise in food prices in South Sudan over the past year, due to factors including conflict and drought: Three to four times
Source: FAO


16th February, 2017
Percentage of Australian renters who are on leases of 12 months or less: 83 per cent
Source: Unsettled: Life in Australia's Private Rental Market


15th February, 2017
Employment rate for Indigenous Australians compared to non-Indigenous Australians, 2014-15: 48.4 per cent/72.6 per cent
Source: Closing the Gap report 2017


14th February, 2017
Amount Australian men/women spend on average on Valentine's Day during the two weeks leading up to the day: $123.10/$90.54
Source: Pocketbook


13th February, 2017
Average daily number of people who fled South Sudan in the four months to end of December: Almost 4,100
Source: UNHCR


10th February, 2017
Number of Rohingya Muslims killed in a recent Myanmar Government crackdown, according to anonymous UN officials: More than 1,000
Source: The Guardian


9th February, 2017
Proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who have experienced at least one form of racial prejudice in the six months prior to a national survey completed in mid-2016: 46 per cent
Source: Reconciliation Australia


8th February, 2017
Salary package of the managing director of Australia Post, Ahmed Fahour, in 2016: $5.6 million
Source: News.com.au


7th February, 2017
Number of people human rights groups Amnesty International says have been "extrajudicially executed" by the Syrian Government in a prison north of Damascus between September, 2011, and December, 2015: Estimated 5,000 to 13,000
Source: Amnesty


6th February, 2017
Length of the world's longest ever commercial flight (which landed in New Zealand today): 14,535 kilomtres
Source: New Zealand Herald


3rd February, 2017
Expected size of an iceberg due to break off the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica: 5,000 square kilometres (one of the 10 largest icebergs recorded)
Source: BBC


2nd February, 2017
Amount Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gave to the Liberal Party, of which he is leader, during this financial year: $1.75 million
Source: An interview with ABC's Stan Grant


1st February, 2017
Number of refugees admitted to the US in the year to September, 2016: 84,995
Source: Pew Research


31st January, 2017
Number of people who have signed a petition in the UK to cancel a state visit by US President Donald Trump: 1.5 million (as of 12.30pm, 31st January, 2017)
Source: UK Government


30th January, 2017
Number of Afghans expected to return from Pakistan in 2017, adding to the 600,000 who did so in 2016: One million
Source: International Organization for Migration


27th January, 2017
New time on the "Doomsday Clock" after the Chicago-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the minute hand on 30 seconds (midnight represents the end of humanity): Two-and-a-half minutes to midnight (the closest the clock has been to midnight since 1953).
Source: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists


26th January, 2017
Percentage of Australians who want Australia Day to be moved to another date/percentage of Indigenous Australians who do: 15 per cent/54 per cent
Source: McNair yellowSquares national poll of 1,156 people conducted for Guardian Australia.


25th January, 2017
Percentage of the Australian workforce who are women, 1966 and today: 45 per cent/30 per cent
Source: ABS


24th January, 2017
Number of people estimated to have attended President Donald J Trump's inauguration on 20th January, 2017, according to "crowd counting experts" cited by The New York Times versus the number claimed by Mr Trump on the day: 160,000/1-1.5 million
Source: The New York Times


23rd January, 2017
Number of children recruited into armed groups in South Sudan since fighting broke out in December, 2013: Estimated at more than 16,000
Source: Agenzia Fides


20th January, 2017
Number of people whose sentences were commuted by US President Barack Obama during his last full day as president: 330 (taking to 1,715 people the total number of commutations he had granted over the past eight years - more than the previous 13 presidents combined).
Source: Neil Eggleston, Counsel to the President


19th January, 2017
Number of times the annual average global temperature record has been broken since the year 2000: Five - in 2005, 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016
Source: NOAA


18th January, 2017
Amount of food wasted in EU countries annually: Estimated 88 million tonnes
Source: European Union


17th January, 2017
Estimated cost of educating a child in an Australian Government school for a child born in 2017: $68,613 (up 25 per cent over the past decade)
Source: ASG Planning for Education Index


16th January, 2017
Jump in the amount of discarded electronics - "e-waste" - in 12 nations in East and South-East Asia in five years to the end of 2015 : 63 per cent
Source: United Nations University


13th January, 2017
Projected rise in global umemployment in 2017: 3.4 million
Source: International Labour Organization


12th January, 2017
Amount agreed to be paid in criminal and civil penalties by carmaker Volkswagen in the US over the emissions-cheating scandal (the biggest fine ever levied against a carmaker by the US Government): $US4.3 billion
Source: US Department of Justice


11th January, 2017
Cost of tobacco use to world economies in healthcare provision and lost productivity: More than $US1 trillion
Source: WHO


10th January, 2017
Number of migrant workers, worldwide: About 150.3 million
Source: ILO


9th January, 2017
Percentage of Americans who view building a wall along the US-Mexican border as a very or somewhat important goal in the country's immigration policy: 39 per cent
Source: Pew Research


6th January, 2017
Speed of the world's fastest elevator (at the Shanghai Tower in Shanghai, China): 73.8 kph (42.8 mph)
Source: Guinness World Records


5th January, 2017
Global cost of natural catastrophes in 2016: $US175 billion (highest in four years)
Source: MunichRE


4th January, 2017
Amount of time it took Canada's 100 highest paid CEOs to earn the average annual Canadian wage following the beginning of the new year: Two days, 11 hours and 47 minutes (passed on 3rd January, 2017, at 11.47am)
Source: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives


3rd January, 2017
Number of earthquakes recorded in New Zealand in 2016: 32,828
Source: GeoNet


30th December, 2016
Height of the Beipanjiang Bridge, the world's highest, which opened above a gorge in southern China this week: 564 metres
Source: Via Telegraph


29th December, 2016
Proportion of people who drowned in Australia in the past decade who had been drinking: More than 40 per cent
Source: Via SMH


28th December, 2016
Estimated number of cheetahs, globally: 7,100
Source: Zoological Society of London


23rd December, 2016
Percentage of all human trafficking victims, globally, who are women or girls: 71 per cent
Source: UNODC


22nd December, 2016
Number of executions in the US, 2016 (from a high of 98 in 1999): 20
Source: Death Penalty Information Center


21st December, 2016
Percentage of Australians who are dissatisfied with democracy: 40 per cent (highest level since 1970s)
Source: Australian National University survey


20th December, 2016
Number of journalists killed/imprisoned during 2016: At least 48/259
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists


19th December, 2016
Proportion of the Australian population who are aged 65 and over, 1996-2016: 12 per cent/15.3 per cent
Source: ABS


16th December, 2016
Number of children "recruited" by armed forces and groups in the conflict in South Sudan since 2013: More than 17,000
Source: UNICEF


15th December, 2016
Number of Yahoo user accounts from which data was stolen in August, 2013, according to the tech giant, making it the largest breach at an email provider: More than 1 billion
Source: Yahoo


14th December, 2016
Height of the highest ever wave measured by a buoy, detected on 4th February, 2013: 19 metres (62.3 feet)
Source: World Meteorolgical Organization


13th December, 2016
Percentage increase in children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in Yemen since 2014: Almost 200 per cent (to at least 462,000)
Source: UNICEF


12th December, 2016
Estimated number of Islamic State (IS) fighters killed by the US coalition in Syria and Iraq in the past two years: At least 50,000
Source: An unnamed Pentagon official (via BBC)


9th December, 2016
Estimated cost of gifts in the 12 Days of Christmas, 2016: $US34,363.49 (up 0.7 per cent on last year)
Source: PNC Wealth Management's annual Christmas Price Index


8th December, 2016
Number of children seeking shelter from family violence in Australia in 2014-15 (and percentage increase from 2011-12): 18,717 (up 30 per cent)
Source: AIHW (via The Age)


7th December, 2016
Amount by which the day on Earth is lengthened each century: Two milliseconds
Source: Researchers at Durham University and the UK’s Nautical Almanac Office (via Guardian)


6th December, 2016
Proportion of Australians, aged 15 to 64, who enrolled in a course in 2016: One in five
Source: ABS


5th December, 2016
Number of countries which have recognised monarchs: 43
Source: ABC


2nd December, 2016
Proportion of people around the world who suffer from malnutrition: 1 in 3
Source: FAO


1st December, 2016
Amount Australians are expected to spend on Christmas presents in 2016: $8.8 billion
Source: SocietyOne survey


30th November, 2016
Number of incidents of "harassment and initimiation" recorded by the Southern Poverty Law Centre in the US in the 10 days following the US presidential election: Almost 900
Source: SPLC


29th November, 2016
Number of children living "under siege" in Syria: Almost 500,000
Source: UNICEF


28th November, 2016
Percentage of American adults who have not read a book - in whole or part - in the past year: 26 per cent
Source: Pew Research


25th November, 2016
Percentage of Australian men who had weekly face-to-face contact with family or friends outside their household in 2014: 75 per cent
Source: ABS


24th November, 2016
Estimated cost of Brexit to the UK economy over the next five years: £58.7 billion
Source: UK Government's Office for Budget Responsibility


23rd November, 2016
Number of people globally who do not have access to the internet: 3.9 billion
Source: Measuring the Information Society Report


22nd November, 2016
Rise in homicides related to domestic violence in the Australian state of New South Wales so far this year compared to the same time last year: About 40 per cent (32 to 23)
Source: NSW Police Force


21st November, 2016
Proportion of the world's road traffic fatalities which take place in low and middle income nations: About 90 per cent
Source: The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims


18th November, 2016
Proportion of people in Nigeria and South Africa who have a negative view of their nation's economy: 71 per cent/70 per cent
Source: Pew Research


17th November, 2016
Number of earthquakes in New Zealand following the 7.8 magnitude Kaikoura quake on 14th Novermber, 2016 (as of 6am on 17th November, 2016): 2093
Source: Geonet


16th November, 2016
Amount Australian men in full time employment earn more per year than women, 2015-16: $26,853
Source: Workplace Gender Equality Agency


15th November, 2016
Number of beavers Argentina plans to cull in the province of Tierra del Fuego (where they are an introduced species and, say environmentalists, are threatening native forests): 100,000
Source: BBC


14th November, 2016
Distance the moon with be from the Earth as it reaches its closest point since 1948 on the night of 14th November, 2016: 356,509 kilometres
Source: NASA


11th November, 2016
Economic cost of the 'Arab Spring' to the region in lost growth since 2011: $US614 billion
Source: ESCWA


10th November, 2016
Number of Australians who want more hours of work, February 2016: One million
Source: ABS


9th November, 2016
Likelihood Indigenous children are living removed from their families than non-Indigenous children in Australia, 2015: 9.5 times
Source: Family Matters Coalition


8th November, 2016
Number of international tourists in first nine months of 2016: 956 million
Source: UNTWO


7th November, 2016
Number of countries now certified to be malaria free: 32 (with Kyrgyzstan the latest)
Source: WHO


4th November, 2016
Percentage of Australian men who smoke daily, 1995 and now: 27 per cent/17 per cent
Source: ABS


3rd November, 2016
Proportion of cases in which those responsible for the known killings of 827 journalists over the past decade have been held to account for their crime: Eight per cent
Source: International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists


2nd November, 2016
Number of people in the US raised in inter-faith homes (by two people of different religions): About one in five
Source: Pew Research


1st November, 2016
Number of children aged under five who have died from preventable diseases in Yemen since conflict broke out in March last year: At least 10,000
Source: OCHA


31st October, 2016
Rise in use of illicit drug crystal methamphetamine (ice) in rural Australia between 2007 to 2013: 150 per cent (from 0.8 to 2 per cent of people)
Source: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction study (via SBS)


28th October, 2016
Drop in worldwide populations of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles since 1970: On average, 58 per cent
Source: ZSL Institute of Zoology and WWF data


27th October, 2016
Proportion of Australian women who do not feel safe walking home at night: One in two
Source: The Australia We Want report from the Community Council of Australia


26th October, 2016
Rise in refugee deaths in the Mediterranean Sea as a proportion of those who safely make the crossing to Europe: From 1 death for every 269 safe crossings in 2015 to 1 in 88 in 2016
Source: UNCHR


25th October, 2016
Number of people in "dire need" of immediate food assistance in Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew: 800,000
Source: FAO/CNSA/WFP assessment


24th October, 2016
Rise in production of opium in Afghanistan in 2016: 43 per cent (to 4,800 metric tons)
Source: UNODC


21st October, 2016
Estimated economic cost of premature deaths from household air pollution in Africa in 2013: $US232 billion
Source: OECD


20th October, 2016
Number of new cases of leprosy detected in India in 2015: 127,326
Source: WHO


19th October, 2016
Alcohol consumption, per person, in Australia, in 2013-14 compared with 2008-09: 9.7 litres/10.8 litres
Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


18th October, 2016
Number of people affected by cholera since an outbreak began in Haiti in 2010: 780,000
Source: UNDP


17th October, 2016
Rise in the rate of sexual harassment in Australia since 2011: 12.8 per cent
Source: Workforce diversity specialist Conrad Liveris via ABC


14th October, 2016
Amount earned by the world's 100 highest earning celebrities in past 12 months: $US5.1 billion
Source: Forbes Celebrity 100


13th October, 2016
Percentage of Americans who believe people should be able to say what they want compared with the global median: 71 per cent/56 per cent
Source: Pew Research


12th October, 2016
Number of countries which have "alarming" levels of hunger, worldwide: Seven
Source: International Food Policy Research Institute


11th October, 2016
Greater amount of time girls around the world, aged five to 14, spend doing unpaid household chores each day compared with boys of a similar age: 160 million hours
Source: UNICEF


10th October, 2016
Loss in the size of territory controlled by the so-called Islamic State since January, 2015: 28 per cent
Source: IHS


7th October, 2016
Size of the world's debt: $US152 trillion
Source: International Monetary Fund


6th October, 2016
Estimated cost to the Australian economy of stillbirth deaths over the next five years: $681.4 million
Source: Price WaterhouseCoopers report for the Stillbirth Foundation Australia


5th October, 2016
Number of children, globally, living in extreme poverty: Almost 385 million
Source: UNICEF/World Bank Group report


4th October, 2016
Number of African countries which have seen a "substantial decline" in safety and the rule of law since 2006: 15
Source: 2016 Ibrahim Index of African Governance


3rd October, 2016
Decline in the number of elephants, globally, from 2006-2015: Estimated 111,000 down to 415,000
Source: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)


30th September, 2016
Proportion of obese adults in Australia by 2025: 35 per cent (from 28 per cent)
Source: University of Sydney study via News.com.au


29th September, 2016
Amount Australians spent in 2015 on late fees due to bill payment mismanagement: $286 million
Source: Commonwealth Bank


28th September, 2016
Number of people, globally, who live in places where air pollution exceeds recommended limits: 6.76 billion
Source: WHO


27th September, 2016
Score of Australia's diet in comparison to recommended guidelines: 59 out of 100
Source: CSIRO Healthy Diet Score report


26th September, 2016
Percentage of Australians who believe climate change is occurring: 77 per cent (up from 64 per cent in 2012)
Source: The Climate Institute


23rd September, 2016
Number of accounts affected by an electronic intrusion into Yahoo: About 500 million
Source: Washington Post


22nd September, 2016
Number of newborn children, globally, estimated to die each year from infections that do not respond to available antibiotics: More than 200,000
Source: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon


21st September, 2016
Percentage of Indians who are satisfied with the direction of the country under Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi: 65 per cent (up from 56 per cent in 2015)
Source: Pew Research


20th September 2016
Number of medals won by China at the Paralympics (the most of any nation): 239 (107 gold, 81 silver and 51 bronze)
Source: BBC


19th September, 2016
Proportion of the world's population expected to be online by the end of 2016: 47 per cent
Source: ITU


16th September, 2016
Drop in the annual number of women dying from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, 1990-2015: 44 per cent - from 385 deaths per 100,000 live births to 216.
Source: Lancet


15th September, 2016
Number of stars mapped by the European Space Agency probe Gaia since 2013: 1.14 billion
Source: ESA


14th September, 2016
Number of countries that allow children (aged under 18) to marry: At least 116
Source: Pew Research


13th September, 2016
Percentage of Australians who made purchases online this year: 71 per cent
Source: 2016 Sensis eBusiness Report


12th September, 2016
Number of nuclear tests conducted globally since 1945: 2,046
Source: Washington Post


9th September, 2016
Number of people with HIV registered with health authories in Russia: 1,000,000
Source: Russia's Federal AIDS Centre via ABC


8th September, 2016
Number of homicides so far this year in Chicago, US: 500 (more than for all 2015)
Source: Via CNN


7th September, 2016
Estimated number of unexploded cluster 'bomblets' dropped during the Vietnam War which remain in Laos: More than 80 million
Source: Lao National Regulatory Authority


6th September, 2016
Proportion of UK householders who feel "ashamed" at wasting food: Three per cent
Source: Sainsbury's survey of food waste habits via The Guardian


5th September, 2016
Proportion of primary school-aged children in Liberia who are not in school: Two-thirds
Source: UNICEF


2nd September, 2016
Number of people in Africa and Asia-Pacific at risk of contracting the Zika virus: 2.6 billion
Source: The Lancet Infectious Diseases


1st September, 2016
Percentage of 'Millennials' (aged 18 to 35), globally, who felt 'empathy' towards refugees compared with those who felt 'they are a threat to security': 67 per cent/10 per cent
Source: Global Shapers Annual Survey 2016


31st August, 2016
Size of the world's newly created largest marine reserve, the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, in the US state of Hawaii: 582,578 square miles (1,508,870 square kilometres)
Source: Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument


30th August, 2016
Number of single parent families with dependents that were jobless in June, 2015: 329,200
Source: ABS


29th August, 2016
Confirmed number of locally transmitted Zika virus infection in Singapore: 41 cases
Source: Ministry of Health Singapore


26th August, 2016
Number of people affected by the Boko Haram-related insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria who need food assistance: 4.5 million
Source: UN


25th August, 2016
Number of child soldiers who have been released from that role since 2000, globally: More than 115,000
Source: Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict


24th August, 2016
Increase in the rate at which Aboriginal people have been jailed in Australia over the past 10 years: 52 per cent
Source: ANU research via SMH


23rd August, 2016
Number of people who remain displaced from their homes as a result of conflict in Yemen: 2,205,102
Source: UNHCR/IOM report


22nd August, 2016
Percentage rise in number of Australians aged 65 and older between 2010 and 2015: Almost 20 per cent 
Source: ABS


19th August, 2016
Cost of natural disasters in the first half of 2016 to the global economy: $US68 billion
Source: Swiss Re


18th August, 2016
Ranking of the city of Melbourne on The Economist's world's most liveable cities list, 2016: 1 (with a score of 97.5/100)
Source: Economist Intelligence Unit


17th August, 2016
Number of Australians who regularly participate in one or more 'Olympic' sports: 7,853,000
Source: Roy Morgan


16th August, 2016
Number of prisoners held by the US at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba following the recent transfer for 15 detainees to the UAE: 61
Source: Wall Street Journal


15th August, 2016
Number of short-term trips to New Zealand by Australians in 2015-16 (the most popular international travel destination for Australians): 1.3 million
Source: ABS


12th August, 2016
Number of weekly rallies held by Argentine human rights group, the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, in Buenos Aires, calling for justice for victims of the 1976-83 military regime: 2,000
Source: BBC


11th August, 2016
Amount of time Australians spend looking at screens weekly compared with time spent engaging with family and friends: An average of 46 hours/six hours
Source: R U OK


10th August, 2016
Global number of deaths for which the so-called Islamic State was either directly or indirectly responsible for between 2002 and 2015: More than 33,000
Source: US National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism


9th August, 2016
Number of temporary staff employed to collect information for the Australian Census (takes place tonight, 9th August): 39,000
Source: ABS


8th August, 2016
Number of events taking place at the XXXIst Olympic Games in Rio: 306
Source: Rio2016


5th August, 2016
Number of applications for asylum made to the 28 members states of the EU, Norway and Switzerland in 2015, a record: 1.3 million
Source: Pew


4th August, 2016
Cost of food waste to businesses and households in Italy: €12 billion
Source: BBC


3rd August, 2016
Australia's official interest rate (after a 25 basis point cut this week), the lowest on record: 1.5 per cent
Source: Reserve Bank of Australia


2nd August, 2016
Number of athletes expected to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro: About 10,500
Source: IOC


1st August, 2016
Amount the average earnings of Australia's top 20 per cent of households are higher than the bottom 20 per cent of households: 12 times
Source: McCrindle


29th July, 2016
Economic cost of physical inactivity, worldwide, in 2013: $US67.5 billion
Source: Lancet


28th July, 2016
Number of children who are working in India: About 10.2 million
Source: UNICEF


27th July, 2016
Reported temperature in Mitrabah, Kuwait, on 21st July, 2016 (a possible new world record high for the eastern hemisphere and Asia): 54 degrees Celcius
Source: World Meteorological Organization


26th July, 2016
Percentage of evangelical leaders in the US who will vote for the candidate they "dislike least" if they don't like either of the major party presidential candidates: 60 per cent
Source: National Asssociation of Evangelicals


25th July, 2016
Number of South Sudanese who crossed into neighbouring Uganda on 21st July, 2016 (a new one-day record since the influx began earlier this year): Estimated 8,337
Source: UNHCR


22nd July, 2016
Percentage of the world's total land area which falls under land protection laws: 15 per cent
Source: World Bank


21st July, 2016
Number of terror attacks in the European Union, 2015: 211
Source: Europol


20th July, 2016
Number of consecutive months, as of June, 2016, in which the monthly global temperature record has been broken: 14
Source: NOAA


19th July, 2016
Number of adolescents, aged 15 to 19, infected with HIV every hour, on average, globally: 29
Source: UNICEF


18th July, 2016
Percentage of evangelical Protestants in the US who say it's becoming harder to be an evangelical Christian in the US: 41 per cent
Source: Pew


15th July, 2016
Predicted time-frame before the Zika virus epidemic will be "largely over": Three years
Source: Science


14th July, 2016
Babies born in England and Wales in 2015 to women over 40 years and women under 20 years: 15.2 per 1,000 women/14.5 per 1,000 women
Source: ONA


13th July, 2016
Percentage of sexual assaults and homicides in Australia linked to domestic violence in 2015: More than a third
Source: ABS


12th July, 2016
Percentage of the South China Sea claimed by China: As much as 90 per cent
Source: New York Times


11th July, 2016
Number of people who took part in setting a new world record for the world's largest orchestra in Frankfurt on 9th July, 2016: 7,548
Source: BBC


8th July, 2016
Percentage of people in 18 nations who believe the election of US President Barack Obama (about the finish his second term) was a "good thing": More than 70 per cent
Source: Globescan poll for the BBC 


7th July, 2016
Number of people worldwide projected to be food secure as a result of El Niño: 60 million
Source: FAO


6th July, 2016
Number of people shot in the US city of Chicago over the Independence Day weekend, 2016: At least 64 (including four fatally wounded)
Source: USAToday


5th July, 2016
Percentage of newly arrived migrants and refugees who agreed Australia was a "land of opportunity where if you work hard you will have a better life": 84 per cent
Source: AMES Australia survey


4th July, 2016
Distance of Jupiter (where NASA's Juno spacecraft is about to arrive) from the Sun: Approximately 779 million kilometres
Source: NASA


1st July, 2016
Number of candidates standing in Australia's federal election: 1,625 (compared to 1,717 in 2013)
Source: Australian Electoral Commission


30th June, 2016
Number of Australians enrolled to vote in the 2016 federal election: 15,676,659
Source: Australian Electoral Commission


29th June, 2016
Percentage of US adults who say abortion should be legal/illegal in all or most cases: 56 per cent/41 per cent
Source: Pew Research


28th June, 2016
Global number of children who will die from mostly preventable causes by 2030 if current trends continue: 69 million
Source: UNICEF


27th June, 2016
Age-adjusted suicide rate among Indigenous people of the Kimberley region of Western Australia (among the highest in the world), 2005-2014: 74 per 100,000 a year
Source: Medical Journal of Australia

24th June, 2016

Proportion of the world's 259 million widows who live in poverty: Almost half
Source: UN

23rd June, 2016

Number of the world's top 36 "water-stressed" countries that are in the Caribbean: Seven
Source: FAO

22nd June, 2016

Percentage of migrants aged 15 to 64 years who have a non-school qualification, such as a university degree, in Australia in 2015 compared with people born in Australia: 73 per cent/58 per cent
Source: ABS

21st June, 2016

Proportion of total income earned by the top 20 per cent of households in Australia and the lowest 20 per cent: 49 per cent/4 per cent
Source: McCrindle

20th June, 2016

Number of doses of yellow fever vaccine distributed in Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda so far this year to tackle outbreaks: Almost 18 million (sparking fears over the capacity of global stockpiles)
Source: WHO

17th June, 2016

Percentage of US adults who obtain their news from a social media 'often': 18 per cent
Source: Pew Research Center

16th June, 2016

Number of pregnant women in Colombia who have the Zika virus: 12,000
Source: Preliminary report in The New England Journal of Medicine

15th June, 2016

Number of refugees anticipated to require resettlement in 2017: 1.19 million
Source: UNHCR

14th June, 2016

Number of charity workers who attended a lunch celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday in The Mall, London, on Sunday, 12th June, 2016: 10,000

10th June, 2016

Number of women in Australia with six or more children: 150,000

Source: ABS

9th June, 2016

Percentage of the EU urban population exposed to air pollution levels above World Health Organization guidelines:95 per cent

Source: UNECE

8th June, 2016

Median proportion of people in 10 European Union states who have favorable views of the EU: 51 per cent

Source: Pew Research

7th June, 2016

Number of verified cases of recruitment and use of children by armed groups in Yemen following the escalation of fighting in late 2014: 762 (a fivefold increase on previous totals)

Source: UN

6th June, 2016

Number of countries where Zika virus is being transmitted by mosquitos (as of 28th May, 2016): Almost 60

Source: WHO

3rd June, 2016

Percentage of social media users in Australia who use it to show support for a cause: 39 per cent


2nd June, 2016

Number of children estimated to be trapped in the Islamic State stronghold of Fallujah, which Iraqi forces are poised to assault: 20,000

Source: UNICEF

1st June, 2016

Proportion of hospital emergency department presentations in Australia and New Zealand which are alcohol-related:1 in 12

Source: St Vincent's Health Australia Restoring the Balance report

31st May, 2016

Number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island school students in Australia in 2015 (a record high, up almost 50 per cent on 2005 figure): 200,563

Source: ABS

30th May, 2016

Amount of coral in central and northern sections of the Great Barrier Reef which has been killed by coral bleaching:35 per cent

Source: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

27th May, 2016

Proportion of Americans aged 18 to 34-years-old living with parents (the most common living arrangement among young adults in the US for the first time on record): 32.1 per cent

Source:  Pew Research Center

26th May, 2016

Possible number of additional deaths between 2008-2010 caused by cancer due to the impact of the global financial crisis: More than 500,000

Source:  Imperial College London study (as reported by ABC)

25th May, 2016

Number of people displaced after a severe storm in Sri Lanka in mid-May: More than 230,000

Source:  UNOCHA

24th May, 2016

Estimated number of annual abortions worldwide, 2010-2014: 56.3 million

Source:  The Lancet

23rd May, 2016

Amount made by people smugglers trafficking about a million people into Europe in 2015: $US5-6 billion

Source:  Joint Interpol/Europol report

20th May, 2016

Years the average Briton will spend watching TV over their lifetime: 8.8

Source:  Freeview UK survey

19th May, 2016

Percentage of people worldwide who say they would welcome refugees fleeing danger into their own countries: 80 per cent

Source:  Amnesty International

18th May, 2016

Estimated number of stateless people in the world: At least 10 million

Source:  UNHCR

17th May, 2016

Increase in risk of coastal flooding in Indonesia if current urbanisation trends continue over the next 30 years: 455 per cent

Source: The Making of a Riskier Future: World Bank

16th May, 2016

Number of "serves" of vegetables consumed daily by Australians aged over eight-years-old (as compared to the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines): 2.7 compared to 5

Source: ABS

13th May, 2016

Percentage of people living in urban environments where air pollution is monitored that are exposed to poor air quality levels: More than 80 per cent

Source: WHO

12th May, 2016

Percentage of Australians aged 14 and over who rate nursing as the most ethical and honest profession: 92 per cent

Source: Roy Morgan

11th May, 2016

Number of new planets discovered outside our solar system by the Kepler telescope: 1,284

Source: NASA

10th May, 2016

Number of plant species known to science: 390,900

Source: State of the World's Plants, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

9th May, 2016

Number of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children who applied for asylum in Europe in 2015: More than 95,000

Source: UNICEF

6th May, 2016

Number of maternal deaths per 1,000 lives births in Sierra Leone/Australia, 2015: 1,360/six

Source: Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990-2015

5th May, 2016

Number of children, aged three to 18-years-old, living in 35 crisis-affected countries who are in "desperate need" of educational support: 75 million

Source: ODI

4th May, 2016

Number of people to take part in the Olympic torch relay in Brazil: About 12,000

Source: Rio2016

3rd May, 2016

Proportion of Australians aged 65 and older who live with a disability in 2015 compared with those aged under 65:50.7 per cent/12.5 per cent

Source: ABS

2nd May, 2016

Number of houses and other buildings in danger of collapsing in south-western Japan following powerful earthquakes last month: More than 12,000

Source: Japanese Government

29th April, 2016

Proportion of people in Pakistan and Turkey who believe the country's laws should "strictly follow" the Quran: 78 per cent/13 per cent

Source: Pew Research Center

28th April, 2016

Number of guns destroyed under a Federal Government buy-back scheme in the 18 months following the massacre at Port Arthur: Almost 650,000

Source: Mercury

27th April, 2016

Proportion of Australian adults who believe the country "should distance itself" from the US if Donald Trump is elected president: 45 per cent

Source: Lowy Institute poll

26th April, 2016

Proportion of children in Australia who spend more than two hours a day using technology outside of school hours:

56 per cent

Source: Behind the News poll

22nd April, 2016

Estimated number of infants around the world still missing routine immunisations for preventable diseases such as diptheria, pertussis and tetanus: 18.7 million

Source: WHO

21st April, 2016

Amount card fraud cost Australians in 2014-15: $2.1 billion (more than double $1 billion of 2010-11)

Source: ABS

20th April, 2016

Number of schools forced to close in Afghanistan in 2015 due to conflict-related violence: 369

Source: UNAMA/UNICEF report

19th April, 2016

Number of non-for-profit organisations in Australia: 1 for every 422 people

Source: JBWere The Cause Report

18th April, 2016

Proportion of legal aid family law cases in Australia which involved domestic violence, 2014-15: 79 per cent

Source: National Legal Aid audit

15th April, 2016

Percentage of "highly religious" Americans who describe themselves as "very happy" compared with those who do so who are less religious: 40 per cent/29 per cent

Source: Pew Research Center

14th April, 2016

Value of Australia's "natural capital" or environmental assets, as of 30th June, 2015: $5,836 billion

Source: ABS

13th April, 2016

Estimated value of a 'lost' painting by Italian master Caravaggio which was found in a French attic two years ago:$178 million

Source: SMH

12th April, 2016

Number of countries which restrict a woman's ability to wear religious symbols or attire or require women to wear particular attire: 50 of 198 countries or territories

Source: Pew Research Centre

11th April, 2016

Number of tigers in the wild (the first time the number has risen in more than 100 years): 3,890

Source: World Wildlife Fund

8th April, 2016

Multiple by which the incarceration rate of Indigenous Australians is higher than non-Indigenous Australians: At least 16 times

Source: Australian Bar Association

7th April, 2016

Number of adults worldwide with diabetes, 1980 and 2014: 108 million/422 million

Source: WHO

6th April, 2016

Number of internet subscribers in Australia, end of December, 2015: 12.9 million

Source: ABS

5th April, 2016

Proportion of world's population with autism: About 1 in 68 people

Source: World Autism Awareness Day

4th April, 2016

Number of documents - known as the Panama Papers - released in data leak related to the use of tax havens around the world: More than 11 million

Source: ABC

1st April, 2016

Estimated number of people who were obese and who were underweight, globally, 2014: 641 million/462 million

Source: Lancet

31st March, 2016

Percentage of Australians who in 2011 said they believe in God, defined as "Creator of the universe, the supreme being": 55 per cent

Source: 'Faith, Belief and Churchgoing in Australia', McCrindle

30th March, 2016

Number of children killed or injured on average every day in Yemen in the past year: Six

Source: UNICEF

29th March, 2016

Proportion of working Australians aged 45 or older who intend retiring at the age of 65 or older: 71 per cent

Source: ABS

24th March, 2016

Number of countries and territories in which the Zika virus has been reported (as of 22nd March, 2016): 38

Source: WHO

23rd March, 2016

Number of people globally who face "appalling and dehumanising discrimination" based on caste or similar systems of inherited status: At least 250 million

Source: UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues

22nd March, 2016

Number of Russians living below the country's poverty threshold of $US139 a month at the end of 2015: 19.2 million (highest level since 2006)

Source: The Guardian

21st March, 2016

Amount of chocolate consumed by the average Australian each year: 2.5 kilograms

Source: ABS

18th March, 2016

Percentage of registered voters in the US who describe themselves as 'born-again or evangelical' Christians: 36 per cent

Source: Pew Research

17th March, 2016

Cost annually of detaining Indigenous children in Australia: $236 million

Source: Save The Children via The Age

16th March, 2016

Global number of people who die, annually, due to living or working in an unhealthy environment: Estimated 12.6 million

Source: WHO

15th March, 2016

Number of Mauritanians currently facing food insecurity: More than 450,000

Source: WFP

11th March, 2016

Number of countries currently in need of external food assistance due to drought: 34 (27 in Africa)

Source: FAO

10th March, 2016

Number of people still listed as missing in the wake of the 9.0 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima power plant in north-east Japan on 11th March, 2011: 2,572

Source: Science Magazine

9th March, 2016

Estimated updated cost of damages in Fiji following Cyclone Winston as of 8th March, 2016: $FJ476.3 million

Source: FijiOne TV

8th March, 2016

Number of women above retirement age without any regular pension, global: 200 million

Source: ILO report

7th March, 2016

Estimated increase in the poaching of rhinos in South Africa between 2007 and 2014: As much as 8,000 per cent

Source: CITES

4th March, 2016

Percentage of Australian men and women involved in volunteering, 2014 compared to 2010:

Men (29 per cent, down from 34 per cent)

Women (33 per cent down from 38 per cent)

Source: ABS

3rd March, 2016

Number of girls around the world aged between the age of six and 11 who will never start school: Almost 16 million

Source: UNESCO

2nd March, 2016

Number of days NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko spent on the International Space Station (a record spaceflight): 340 days

Source: NASA

1st March, 2016

US audience for the 88th Academy Awards: 34.3 million (lowest since 2008)

Source: USA Today

29th February, 2016

Estimated number of Australians regularly using methamphetamines, 2013-14: 268,000

Source: Research in Medical Journal of Australia

26th February, 2016

Number of billionaires (US dollars) in China (the most of any country): 568

Source: Hurun Global Rich List 2016

25th February, 2016

Proportion of Australian young people who go to school or to bed hungry at least sometimes: 1 in 5

Source: Flinders University research

24th February, 2016

Estimated amount netted by people-smuggling groups in 2015: Up to €6 billion (mostly from the traffic of migrants into Europe)

Source: Europol

23rd February, 2016

Half year loss posted by mining giant BHP Billiton on 23rd February - first in 16 years: $US5.67 billion

Source: ASX

22nd February, 2016

Number of people conferred Australian citizenship in 2014-15: 136,572

Source: Department of Immigration and Border Protection Annual Report

19th February, 2016

Number of US presidents who had no formal religious affiliation: 2 (Lincoln and Jefferson)

Source: Pew Research

18th February, 2016

Number of Australian households with internet (2014-15): 7.7 million (86 per cent)

Source: ABS

17th February, 2016

Number of children diagnosed with cancer each year, globally: More than 150,000

Source: WHO

16th February, 2016

Australia's population at approximately 12.40am on 16th February, 2016: 24 million

Source: ABS

15th February, 2016

Street value of liquid amphetamine - ice - seized in Australian law enforcement operation, announced on 15th February, 2016: $1.26 billion

Source: Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan

12th February, 2016

Percentage of Australians who plan on doing "something special" for Valentine's Day: 28 per cent

Source: Canstar Blue survey

11th February, 2016

Number of "unprovoked" shark attacks, worldwide, in 2015: 98 (the highest on record)

Source: International Shark Attack File

10th February, 2016

Life expectancy at birth of indigenous Australia males and non-Indigenous Australian males (2010-12): 69.1/79.7 years

Source: Closing the Gap report 2015

9th February, 2016

Number of children who face death from malnutrition in Somalia if they are not treated: Estimated 58,300

Source: UN food and security assessment

8th February, 2016

Number of people globally expected to watch Super Bowl 50 taking place in San Francisco: Estimated 190 million

5th February, 2016

Number of women and girls living today who have undergone genital mutilation: 200 million

Source: UNICEF

4th February, 2016

Proportion of Australian school students attending non-government schools: 34.8 per cent

Source: ABS

3rd February, 2016

Proportion of migrants and refugees making the sea crossing between Turkey and Greece who are children:

At least 36 per cent

Source: UNICEF

2nd February, 2016

Median personal income for Australians lodging tax returns in 2012-13: $44,940

Source: ABS

1st February, 2016

Number of people with leprosy, worldwide - 1985/2013: 5.2 million/180,618

Source: WHO

29th January, 2016

Percentage of Americans who say they would be 'less likely' to vote for a presidential candidate who doesn't believe in God: 51 per cent

Source: Pew Research Center

28th January, 2016

Number of countries in South and Central America to which the Zika virus has spread: 21

Source: BBC

27th January, 2016

Number of iPhones sold worldwide in quarter to 26th December, 2015 (compared to same quarter in previous year):


Source: Apple

25th January, 2016

Number of people who have drowned in Australian waterways in since the start of December, 2015: 59 (16 per cent increase on last year)

Source: Royal Life Saving Society – Australia

22nd January, 2016

Average number of sick days taken by Australian employees: 8.6

Source: Clipp via smh.com..au

21st January, 2016

Number of years since 2001 which have been among the warmest on record: 15 of 16 years


20th January, 2016

Number of civilians killed in Iraq between January, 2014, and October, 2015: 18,802

Source: UNAMI

19th January, 2016

Percentage of unarmed men fatally shot by police in US in 2015 who were black: 40 per cent

Source: Washington Post

18th January, 2016

Number of people in permanent residential care in Australia: 231,555

Source: Australian Government 2014-15 Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997

15th January, 2016

Number of page views of the top article in English on Wikipedia - 'List of deaths by year' - in 2015: 20,764,610

Source: Pew Research

14th January, 2016

Proportion of children of primary or lower secondary school age not attending school in South Sudan due to conflict:51 per cent

Source: UNICEF

13th January, 2016

Average length of time asylum seekers have spent in Australian immigration detention as of November, 2015: 446 days

Source: Department of Immigration and Border Protection

12th January, 2016

Proportion of Australian renters who say they are "forced" to rent homes: 70 per cent

Source: The Optus Renter of the Future Report

11th January, 2016

Cost to the Australian economy of serious and organised crime, annually: $36 billion

Source: Australian Crime Commission

31st December, 2015

Size of the kangaroo product market in California (which is again banning the sale and import of such products from 1st January): About $200 million

Source: Kangaroo Industry Association of Australia via ABC

29th December, 2015

Number of times the film Interstellar was illegally downloaded during 2015: 46,762,310

Source: Excipio via Variety

28th December, 2015

Estimated amount spent in Australia on Boxing Day: $2.5 billion

Source: Australian Retailers Association

24th December, 2015

Number of yachts to have completed the Sydney to Hobart yacht race over its 70 year history (prior to this year's race): 4,735

Source: Rolex Sydney to Hobart

23rd December, 2015

Proportion of the million refugees and migrants who arrived in Europe this year who have come from Syria: About half

Source: UNHCR

22nd December, 2015

Number of people displaced from their homes in Yemen due to the ongoing conflict: 2.5 million

Source: Task Force on Population Movement

21st December, 2015

Number of centenarians (people aged 100 or more) in Australia (as of 30th June, 2015): 4,400

Source: ABS

18th December, 2015

Percentage of American adults who consider themselves "gamers": 10 per cent

Source: Pew Research

17th December, 2015

Estimated amount the so-called Islamic State has made from trading oil: More than $500 million

Source: US Treasury official via CNBC

16th December, 2015

Estimated number of children forcibly recruited by armed groups in South Sudan in the country's two year conflict:


Source: UN

15th December, 2015

Proportion of the 7,400 daily newborn deaths in South-East Asia which can be saved by adopting "proven and cost effective" measures, according to the World Health Organization: Two thirds

Source: WHO

14th December, 2015

Number of animals killed every hour on Tasmanian roads, on average: 32

Source: Roadkilltas.com

11th December, 2015

Number of countries in which arms used by the so-called Islamic State (IS) were manufactured: At least 25

Source: Amnesty International

10th December, 2015

Proportion of Australian adults who smoke, 2001 compared to 2014-2015: 22 per cent to 14.5 per cent

Source: ABS

9th December, 2015

Percentage of Australian adults who were overweight or obese in 2014-15: 63.4 per cent

Source: ABS

8th December, 2015

Estimated worth of the contents of a Spanish galleon wreck dating from 1708 and recently found in the Caribbean Sea: Up to $US2.7 billion

Source: 9news

7th December, 2015

Estimated amount of the earth's soils that are degraded: 33 per cent

Source: FAO

4th December, 2015

Combined income of Australia's charity sector: $103 billion

Source: ACNC

3rd December, 2015

Number of Yemenis who now lack access to health care services thanks to the country's ongoing conflict: 15.2 million

Source: WHO

2nd December, 2015

Number of Iraqi civilians killed in violent incidents during November: 489

Source: UN

1st December, 2015

Increase in the proportion of working aged women (15 to 64 years) in Australia with a degree between 1990 and 2015: Four-fold (from seven per cent to 29 per cent)

Source: ABS

30th November, 2015

Number of adolescents aged 15 to 19 infected with HIV worldwide every hour: 26

Source: UNICEF

27th November, 2015

Percentage of 121,197 registered marriages in Australia in 2014 in which couples had previously lived together: 79.4 per cent

Source: ABS

26th November, 2015

Number of people who were victims of domestic violence in the Northern Territory in past 12 months: 3,700

Source: ABC

25th November, 2015

Ratio at which Indigenous Australians are likely to be imprisoned than their non-Indigenous peers: 13 to 1

Source: Australian Medical Association

24th November, 2015

Direct healthcare cost of asthma to the Australian economy annually: $1.2 billion

Source: Deloitte Access Economics report The Hidden Cost of Asthma via news.com.au

23rd November, 2015

Number of Mexican nationals who have entered and departed from the US between 2009-14: 870,000 (entered);1,000,000 (departed)

Source: Pew Research

20th November, 2015

Number of passengers offloaded from flights by Counter Terrorism Unit officers in Australia for national security reasons, from July to end of October: 199 (compared to 336 for 12 months to end of June)

Source: Minister for Immigration and Border Control Peter Dutton

19th November, 2015

Number of people who survived after contracting Ebola during the recent outbreak in West Africa: More than 15,000

Source: Dr David Nabarro, UN Special Envoy on Ebola

18th November, 2015

Number of British men who have no 'close friends': 2.5 million

Source: YouGov survey for Movember via Telegraph

17th November, 2015

Number of people killed by police in the US so far in 2015: 1,000

Source: The Counted/The Guardian

16th November, 2015

Estimated number of people killed in road accidents globally each year: 1.25 million

Source: UN

13th November, 2015

Estimated number of lives saved by measles vaccinations since 2000: Estimated 17.1 million

Source: WHO

12th November, 2015

Amount spent using the Alibaba online platform on "Single's Day" (11th November) in China: $US14.3 billion

Source: Bloomberg

11th November, 2015

Number of people hanged in Pakistan since resuming executions last December: 299

Source: Reprieve and Justice Project Pakistan (JPP)

10th November, 2015

Median percentage of people from 40 different countries who see climate change as a "very serious problem": 54 per cent

Source: Pew Research

9th November, 2015

The cost of absenteeism to the Australian economy per annum in payroll and lost productivity costs: More than $32.5 billion

Source: DHS

6th November, 2015

Estimated proceeds of transnational crime related to art and cultural property annually: $US3.4-$6.3 billion

Source: UNODC

5th November, 2015

Percentage of Australians who believe the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes should be legalised: 91 per cent

Source: Roy Morgan Research

4th November, 2015

Amount paid for King Digital Entertainment, creator of gaming app Candy Crush Saga, by US computer game company Activision Blizzard: $US5.9 billion

Source:Activism Blizzard

3rd November, 2015

Number of people who have arrived in the Greek Islands by boat from Turkey in 2015: About 570,000


2nd November, 2015

Estimated number of people globally aged under 50 who are infected with herpes simplex virus type 1 (which in most cases causes "cold sores" around the mouth): More than 3.7 billion

Source: WHO

30th October, 2015

Percentage of US adults who own a smartphone: 68 per cent (from 35 per cent in 2011)

Source: Pew Research

29th October, 2015

Number of people who are still dying daily from tuberculosis (TB), despite an almost 50 per cent drop in the death rate since 1990: 4,400

Source: WHO

28th October, 2015

Proportion of 19-year-olds who fail to complete a Year 12 certificate or vocational equivalent: 26 per cent

Source: Educational Opportunity in Australia 2015, Mitchell Institute

27th October, 2015

Amount risk of colorectal cancer increases through each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily: 18 per cent

Source: Study conducted by the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer

26th October, 2015

Number of male Australians who drowned in waterways between 1st July, 2014, and 30th June, 2015: 216 (80 per cent of all drowning victims)

Source: Royal Life Saving

23rd October, 2015

Number of Australians who play poker machines weekly: 1.2 million

Source: Roy Morgan Research

22nd October, 2015

Proportion of Australians who consumed sweetened drinks, 2011-12 (compared with 1995): 42 per cent (from 49 per cent)

Source: ABS

21st October, 2015

Decline in maternal deaths worldwide between 1990 and 2013: 45 per cent

Source: The World's Women 2015

20th October, 2015

Cost of running detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island between July and September, 2015: Almost $280 million

Source: SMH

19th October, 2015

Number of organ donors in Australia/Spain in 2013: 16.9/35.1 per million people

Source: ShareLife

16th October, 2015

Proportion of Australians predicted to be obese by 2025: 1 in 3

Source: Price Waterhouse Coopers report via SMH

15th October, 2015

Revised number of people killed in the 24th September disaster in Mina during the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage:


Source: Associated Press

14th October, 2015

Estimated proportion of world adult population in the "middle class": 14 per cent

Source: Credit Suisse 'Global Wealth Report 2015'

13th October, 2015

Number of Chinese people who will die each year as a result of smoking by 2030: Two million

Source: Lancet

12th October, 2015

Estimated number of school-aged children in Australia who miss classes at school while being treated for a serious illness: 60,000

Source: Missing School

9th October, 2015

Percentage of US adults who say they have a more positive view of the Catholic Church because of Pope Francis (conducted after his recent visit): 28 per cent

Source: Pew Research

8th October, 2015

Proportion of the world's coral reefs that could be affected by bleaching by the end of the year: 38 per cent

Source: SMH

7th October, 2015

Prediction of global number of people who will be living in extreme poverty at the end of this year: 702 million (down from 902 million in 2012)

Source: World Bank

6th October, 2015

Number of asylum seekers reportedly affected by the Nauruan Government decision to open the doors of its Australian Government-funded detention centre: About 600

Source: ABC

5th October, 2015

Percentage of 20,000 Australian children who said they were worried about their future most or all of the time: 43 per cent

Source: Behind The News survey

2nd October, 2015

Percentage of US population who are foreign born: 13.9 per cent

Source: Pew Research

1st October, 2015

Unemployment rate among Australia's minerals industry professionals: 16.2 per cent

Source: AusIMM survey

30th September, 2015

Number of lightning strikes during a storm in south-east Queensland on 29th September, 2015: More than 10,000

Source: ABC

29th September, 2015

Drop in world malaria rates since 2000: 30,000

Source: Joint UN/UNICEF report - Achieving the Malaria Millennium Development Goal Target

28th September, 2015

Estimated number of "foreign fighters" in the Middle East: 30,000

Source: US Secretary of State John Kerry at a forum  on 27th September, 2015

25th September, 2015

Percentage of Chinese citizens who believe corrupt officials are a moderately or very "big problem" in China: 84 per cent

Source: Pew Research Center

24th September, 2015

Growth in the population of Australia in the year to March, 2015: 316,000 (to 23.7 million)

Source: ABS

22nd September, 2015

Percentage of the world's population who don't have regular access to the internet: 57 per cent

Source: The State of Broadband report

21st September, 2015

Percentage of Australians aged 15 and over who participated in voluntary work, 2014: 31 per cent

Source: ABS

18th September, 2015

Percentage of Indians who have a favourable view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi: 87 per cent

Source: Pew Research Center

17th September, 2015

Overall life satisfaction of Australians (on a 0-10 scale): 7

Source: Australian Institute of Family Studies

16th September, 2015

Average age of a pilot during the Battle of Britain: 20-years-old

Source: BBC

15th September, 2015

Length of the world's longest continental volcanic chain, recently 'found' in eastern Australia, stretching from Tasmania to Queensland: More than 2,000 kilometres

Source: Nature

14th September, 2015

Number of women in Australia aged over 65 who have osteoporosis: 22.8 per cent

Source: ABS

11th September, 2015

Percentage of Australian and New Zealand surgeons and trainees who have experienced discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment: 49 per cent

Source: Expert Advisory Group advising the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

10th September, 2015

Percentage of Syrians who oppose air strikes: 50 per cent (based on a poll of 1,365 people)

Source: ORB International for BBC

9th September, 2015

Percentage of US Catholics who say working to help the poor is an "essential" part of Catholicism: 62 per cent

Source: Pew Research Center

8th September, 2015

Net annual loss of forests in Africa, 2010-2015: 2.8 million hectares

Source: FAO

7th September, 2015

Average growth in high income households in Australia, 2011-12 to 2013-14: Seven per cent to $2,037 a week

Source: ABS

4th September, 2015

New estimate of the number of  trees, globally: 3,000,000,000,000

Source: Nature

3rd September, 2015

Average gambling loss per Australian adult in 2014: $1279

Source: H2 Gambling Capital via SMH

2nd September, 2015

Number of Chinese who travelled outside China in 2014: 107 million

Source: China Tourism Academy report

1st September, 2015

Percentage of Americans who have changed religions (including between different Christian denominations): 42 per cent

Source: Pew Research

31st August, 2015

Number of people who have "disappeared" in Mexico since 2006: At least 25,000

Source: LA Times

28th August, 2015

Number of people who logged into social media site Facebook on 24th August (biggest daily total ever): More than 1 billion

Source: Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook

27th August, 2015

Percentage of all State Supreme Court and Appeal Court judges who are women, 2013-14: 23 per cent

Source: ABS

26th August, 2015

Proposed cost of the International Atomic Energy Agency's nuclear monitoring program in Iran in 2016: About $US10.5 million

Source: IAEA

25th August, 2015

Amount wiped off the Australian share market on 24th August, 2015 (in its worst one day drop since the global financial crisis, coming on the back of dramatic declines in China): $60 billion

Source: Nine

24th August, 2015

Percentage of Australians who were born overseas: About 28 per cent

Source: AIHW

21st August, 2015

Number of Australians who have experienced partner violence since the age of 15: Around 2,000,000 (mostly women)

Source: AIHW

20th August, 2015

Average number of children maimed or killed everyday as a result of ongoing conflict in Yemen: 8

Source: UNICEF

19th August, 2015

Percentage of population in Acton, Canberra, who were aged eight to 27 years (iGeneration) in 2014: 75.9

Source: ABS

18th August, 2015

Amount illicit, unregulated and unreported fishing is estimated to strip from the world's economy: $US10 to $US23 billion

Source: FAO

17th August, 2015

Deaths from potentially avoidable healthcare causes in European Union states in 2012 (for those aged under 75):590,000

Source: Eurostat

14th August, 2015

Percentage of Americans who support South Carolina's decision to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds: 57 per cent

Source: Pew Research Center

13th August, 2015

Number of submissions made for New Zealand's new flag design (out of which 40 have been shortlisted): 10,292

Source: New Zealand Government

12th August, 2015

Number of native plant species discovered in Western Australia (the highest of any state): 10,000 (with daisyAngianthus globuliformis the most recent)

Source: ABC

11th August, 2015

Number of civilian casualties from "complex and suicide attacks" by anti-Government elements in Afghanistan, 1st January to 7th August, 2015: 1,523 (282 deaths and 1,241 injured) - almost double that of the same period in 2014

Source: UNAMA

10th August, 2015

Number of Australian children aged four to 17 years who have a mental health disorder: One in seven

Source: Young Minds Matter survey by Telethon Kids Institute

7th August, 2015

Number of runs Australians made in the first innings of the fourth test in The Ashes series currently underway in England: 60 (in 111 balls, the quickest first innings in Test history)

6th August, 2015

Number of boats stopped from reaching Australia during 'Operation Sovereign Borders' in the past 18 months: 20

Source: Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton

5th August, 2015

Percentage of world's babies that are exclusively breastfed: 38 per cent

Source: WHO

4th August, 2015

Percentage of 1200 Australian teenagers surveyed who had sent a sext by mobile phone: Half

Source: AIC research via Sydney Morning Herald

3rd August, 2015

Number of female world leaders, including heads of government and elected heads of state: 18

Source: Pew Research

31st July, 2015

Percentage of known victims of human trafficking, globally, who are children: 33 per cent

Source: UNODC

30th July, 2015

Average amount Australian women are paid less than men over their lifetime: $700,000

Source: ANZ research

29th July, 2015

Estimated number of people killed in the five year conflict in Syria: 220,000

Source: UN

28th July, 2015

Rise in motorcycle registrations, including scooters, in Australia, 2010-2015: More than 22 per cent

Source: ABS

27th July, 2015

Decrease in the death rate from all cancers in Australia, 1968-2012: 199 deaths per 100,000 people to 167 per 100,000

Source: AIHW

24th July, 2015

Increase in the price of bread in public bakeries in Syria in the past year: 87 per cent

Source: FAO

23rd July, 2015

Number of death sentences commuted to life imprisonment in Zambia by President Edgar Lungui, in a move welcomed by human rights experts: 332

Source: OHCHR

22nd July, 2015

Number of people displaced by natural disasters globally in 2014: 19.3 million

Source: Norwegian Refugee Council

21st July, 2015

Number of confirmed unprovoked shark attacks on humans in 2014: 72

Source: International Shark Attack File

20th July, 2015

Claimed turnout in North Korean elections: 99.97 per cent

17th July, 2015

Percentage of Australians who are "very concerned" about Islamic extremism in Australia: 48 per cent

Source: Pew Research Center

16th July, 2015

Number of family violence-related homicides in Australia, 2003-2012: 1,088

Source: Evidence presented at Victoria's Royal Commission into Family Violence

13th July, 2015

Number of refugees arriving daily in the Greek Islands: Almost 1,000

Source: UNHCR

9th July, 2015

Number of guests expected to attend Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday party in June, 2016: 10,000

Source: The Telegraph

8th July, 2015

Number of children globally today who will never enter a classroom: 24 million

Source: UNESCO report

7th July, 2015

Proportion of Australians aged 18 and over who volunteered in 2014: 31 per cent (compared to 36 per cent in 2010)

Source: ABS

6th July, 2015

Winning score of the US over Japan in the third Women's World Cup: 5-2

3rd July, 2015

Percentage of bank customers in Australia who don't use an ATM machine in a typical week: 42 per cent, up from 20 per cent five years ago

Source: RFi via SMH

2nd July, 2015

Amount Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has pledged to give away to charity in the coming years: $US32 billion

Source: BBC

1st July, 2015

Increase in "grave violations" against children in Iraq during the year to 30th June: 75 per cent

Source: UNICEF

30th June, 2015

Australians' average rating for their "overall life satisfaction": 7.6 out of 10

Source: ABS

29th June, 2015

Number of prisoners in Australia, March quarter 2015: 35,467 (a record high)

Source: ABS

26th June, 2015

Number of Australians who have signed up to Netflix following its launch in late March: 1,039,000 (as of May)

Source: Roy Morgan Research

25th June, 2015

Projected number of infants and young children worldwide who were obese in 2013, up from 32 million 1990: 42 million

Source: WHO

24th June, 2015

Number of people who have died in Pakistan from causes related to a heatwave: almost 700 (following a death toll of more than 1,400 in India last month)

Source: Pakistan Government

23rd June, 2015

Percentage of US citizens who express "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in police: 52 per cent (lowest since 1993)

Source: Gallup

22nd June, 2015

Estimated number of Roma living in Europe: 11 million

Source: UN

19th June, 2015

Percentage of US Catholics who believe there is "solid evidence" the Earth is getting warmer: 71 per cent (compared to 68 per cent among overall US population)

Source: Pew Research

18th June, 2015

Amount of fraud committed on Australian credit cards and cheques in 2014: 20.8 cents per $1,000 spent

Source: Australian Payments Clearing Association

17th June, 2015

Average proportion of people in 12 countries including the US, UK and Australia who use smartphones to access news on a weekly basis: 46 per cent

Source: Digital News Report 2015

16th June, 2015

Percentage of Australians who see the so-called Islamic State as a high risk to Australia's security: 69 per cent

Source: Lowy Institute Poll 2015

15th June, 2015

Number of people worldwide who do not have access to "essential health services": 400 million

Source: WHO/World Bank Group report

12th June, 2015

Proportion of Australians who ate the recommended daily intake of fruit, 2011-2012: 52 per cent

Source: ABS

11th June, 2015

Proportion of Australians that live in a household where they ran out of food and could not afford more, during the past 12 months: Four per cent

Source: ABS

10th June, 2015

Number of people in Iraq displaced from their homes since January, 2014: More than three million

Source: UNOCHA

9th June, 2015

Proportion of more than 100,000 people surveyed in 23 countries who bought drugs of the 'dark net' in the last 12 months: 4.5 per cent

Source: Global Drug Survey

5th June, 2015

Proportion of Australians who live in a household with at least one dog or cat: 50 per cent

Source: Roy Morgan Research

4th June, 2015

Number of Twitter accounts supporting the so-called Islamic State: Almost 50,000

Source: UN

3rd June, 2015

Percentage of Americans who approve of the use of drone strikes targeting extremists: 58 per cent

Source: Pew Research Center

2nd June, 2015

Estimated number of stateless people in the world: 10 million

Source: UNHCR

1st June, 2015

Number of people who have died as a result of the current heatwave affecting India: More than 2,000 (as of 31st May, 2015)

Source: Wall Street Journal

29th May, 2015

Number of suicide attacks carried out in northeast Nigeria during the first five months of 2015 (compared with a total of 26 in 2014): 27 (with women and children used to carry them out in an least 75 per cent)

Source: UNICEF

28th May, 2015

Number of asylum seekers to be relocated from Italy and Greece to other European Union member states under proposals aired this week: 40,000

Source: European Commission

27th May, 2015

Number of women around the world living with "obstetric fistula", an "almost entirely preventable" condition that can occur during childbirth: Estimated 2 million

Source: UN

26th May, 2015

Share of Europe's population projected to be aged 65 and over, 2050: 27 per cent (compared to 16 per cent in 2010)

Source: Pew Research Center

25th May, 2015

Number of people executed around Palmyra, Syria, by followers of the so-called Islamic State between 16th and 24th May, 2015: 217

Source: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

22nd May, 2015

Annual loss of managed honey bee colonies in the US in year to April, 2015: 42.1 per cent

Source: US Department of Agriculture

21st May, 2015

Number of "person years" Australians waited on hold to speak to Australian Government agency Centrelink in 2014 before hanging up: 143

Source: Australian National Audit Office report

20th May, 2015

Number of women worldwide murdered by their intimate partners or family members in 2012: At least 43,000

Source: UNODC

19th May, 2015

Percentage of global workers employed on temporary or short-term contracts in informal jobs often without any contract, under own-account arrangements or in unpaid family jobs: 75 per cent

Source: ILO

18th May, 2015

Number of tress planted in Ecuador as part of an event setting a new world record for reforestation: 647,250

Source: Discovery News

15th May, 2015

Increase in amphetamine-related arrests in Australia, 2013-14 to 2014-15 47 per cent (13,914 to 26,269)

Source: Australian Crime Commission

14th May, 2015

Increase in global life expectancy for men and women since 1990: 6 years

Source: World Health Statistics 2015

13th May, 2015

Amount of pure alcohol available, 2013-2014, for each person in Australia aged 15 years or older (a 50 year low): 9.7 litres

Source: ABS

12th May, 2015

Number of European Union countries in which child poverty rose between 2008 and 2013: 18 out of 28

Source: International Labour Organization

11th May, 2015

Percentage of Australian teachers who say their workload has increased over the past year: 73 per cent

Source: Australian Education Union's State of Our Schools Survey, 2015

8th May, 2015

Percentage of Australian children (aged 0-14 years) with mothers who were employed in 2012-2013: 59 per cent

Source: ABS

7th May, 2015

Median age at which women became mothers in Australia in 2010: 28

Source: AIFS

6th May, 2015

Number of women who die each day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth: About 800

Source: WHO

5th May, 2015

Number of European countries in the top 10 happiest countries, according to the third World Happiness Report: 7

Source: World Happiness Report

4th May, 2015

Mean taxable income in the postcodes with the highest (2027) and lowest (2403) income rankings of all postcodes in Australia in 2012-2013: $177,514/$21,691

Source: Australian Taxation Office

31st April, 2015

Number of people around the world sentenced to death, 2014: At least 2,466

Source: Amnesty International

30th April, 2015

Percentage of rental properties considered suitable for single people on government payments in Australia: Less than 1 per cent

Source: Anglicare Australia's Rental Affordability Snapshot

29th April, 2015

Economic cost of the estimated 600,000 premature deaths and diseases caused by air pollution in Europe in 2010:$US1.6 trillion

Source: WHO/OECD report

28th April, 2015

Proportion of Australians aged over 65 who experience loneliness: About 45 per cent

Source: 2015 Social Isolation and Loneliness Report

27th April, 2015

Number of  lives lost to malaria worldwide annually: More than 500,000

Source: WHO

24th April, 2015

Number of Australians who died during the landings at Gallipoli on 25th April, 1915: More than 620

Source: Australian Government's Anzac site

23rd April, 2015

Cost of a loaf of bread in Australia in 1915 (year of the Gallipoli landings) and 2015: 3.5 pence/$2.84

Source: McCrindle Research

22nd April, 2015

Average size of households in Australia in 1915 (year of the Gallipoli landings) and 2015: 4.5/2.6

Source: McCrindle Research

21st April, 2015

Median age of Australians in 1915 (year of the Gallipoli landings) and 2015: 23.5/37.3

Source: McCrindle Research

20th April, 2015

Proportion of children and adolescents in the Middle East and North Africa who are either out of school or dropping out: 1 in 4 (more than 21 million)

Source: The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Out-of-School Children Initiative (OOSCI)

17th April, 2015

Proportion of US citizens who support the death penalty (down from 78 per cent in 1996): 56 per cent

Source: Pew Research Center

16th April, 2015

Population of Perth (fastest growing capital city in Australia during 2013-14 with a growth rate of 2.5 per cent): 2 million

Source: ABS

14th April, 2015

Global military expenditure, 2014: $US1776 billion

Source: Stockholm  International Peace Research Institute

13th April, 2015

Civilian casualities in Afghanistan, Jan-Mar, 2015: 521 - 136 killed and 385 injured (up eight per cent on first quarter, 2014)

Source: UNAMA

10th April, 2015

Increase in unsentenced prisoners remanded in full time custody in Australia, Dec 2013-Dec, 2014: 13 per cent

Source: ABS

9th April, 2015

Proportion of Australia’s "highest risk serious and organised crime targets" which are involved in the methylamphetamine market: More than 60 per cent

Source: Australian Crime Commission

8th April, 2015

Number of people displaced from their homes in South Sudan: About 1.5 million

Source: UN Mission in South Sudan

7th April, 2015

Amount Australians aged 18 to 64 collectively spend on technology and communication devices in the last 12 months: About $20 billion

Source: Suncorp Bank: Cost of Being Digitally Savvy report

2nd April, 2015

Number of children killed/injured by landmines and unexploded ordinance as a result of the conflict in Ukraine:

An estimated 42/109

Source: UNICEF

1st April, 2015

Increase in number of deaths in Australia due to dementia and Alzheimer's disease in the five years to 2013: More than 30 per cent to about 11,000

Source: ABS

31st March, 2015

Population of Nigeria (Africa's most populous nation): 177,155,754

Source: CIA World Factbook, June 2014

30th March, 2015

Percentage of Australians aged 14 or over visiting cafes in an average three months, 2014: 56.8 per cent

Source: Roy Morgan Research

27th March, 2015

Number of executions carried out in Pakistan since a moratorium on capital punishment was lifted in December, 2014:61

Source: Human Rights Commission of Pakistan

26th March, 2015

Proportion of adults/children in Australia who regularly swim (the most common sporting activity in Australia): About 1 in 10/1 in 2

Source: Roy Morgan Research

25th March, 2015

Amount science contributes to the Australian economy annually: More than $145 billion

Source: The importance of advanced physical and mathematical sciences to the Australian economy report

24th March, 2015

Number of years Lee Kuan Yew, who died this week at the age of 91, was Prime Minister of Singapore: 31

23rd March, 2015

Predicted increase in number of Australians living alone by 2036 (from 2011): Up to 65 per cent to 3.4 million

Source: ABS

20th March, 2015

Size of the proposed Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve (the world's largest marine reserve): 834,000 square kilometres

Source: BBC

19th March, 2015

Proportion of people infected with Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone who are children: About 20 per cent

Source: UNICEF

18th March, 2015

Proportion of Australian fathers who would like to spend more time with their children: 60 per cent

Source: NAB Work & Family Survey

17th March, 2015

Proportion of international arms exports carried out by the US and Russia between 2010-2014: 58 per cent (31/27)

Source: SIPRI

16th March, 2015

Length of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska: About 1,600 kilometres

Source: Iditarod.com

13th March, 2015

Number of tigers in India in 2014 (up from 1,411 in 2006): 2,226

Source: Wildlife Institute of India

12th March, 2015

Increase in defendants on drug charges who had their cases finalised in Australian courts in 2013-2014 (compared to previous year): 15 per cent

Source: ABS

11th March, 2015

Amount by which global debt has grown since the 'Great Recession' of 2007: $US57 trillion

Source: McKinsey Global Institute

10th March, 2015

Number of people killed and injured by landmines in Colombia since 1990: More than 10,900

Source: The HALO Trust

6th March, 2015

Number of Australians expected to be aged 100-years or over in 2054-55 compared to 1974-75: About 40,000/122

Source: Australian Treasury - 2015 Intergenerational Report

5th March, 2015

Number of people in the world worth $US30 million or more: 172,850

Source: Knight Frank Wealth Report

4th March, 2015

Proposed rise in the cost of standard Australian postage stamps: From 70 cents to $1 (43 per cent)

Source: Australia Post

3rd March, 2015

Death toll as a result of the conflict in Ukraine: More than 6,000

Source: OHCHR

2nd March, 2015

Proportion of Australia's unemployed who are teenagers (aged 15-19-years-old): 1 in 5

Source: Brotherhood of St Laurence - The Teenager Dream Unravels: trends in youth unemployment

27th February, 2015

Increase in number of "rough sleepers" in London (as at autumn, 2014, increase on 2013 figure): 37 per cent (to 742)

Source: UK Government

26th February, 2015

Number of people affected by natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific region during 2014: 80 million


25th February, 2015

Number of Australia's 2.7 smokers who will die from their habit if they continue to smoke: Up to 1.8 million

Source: Sax Institute study published in BMC Medicine

24th February, 2015

Number of Egyptians who have fled Libya for Egypt following the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians there by members of the Islamic State earlier this month: At least 14,585

Source: Egyptian state news agency MENA (via ABC)

23rd February, 2015

Proportion of Australians who experience an "anxiety condition" in their lives: 26 per cent

Source: beyondblue

20th February, 2015

Number of schools that have closed in South Sudan as a result of conflict: About 840

Source: UNICEF

19th February, 2015

Pay gap between men and women at "key management personnel" level in Australian companies: 28.9 per cent

Source: Workplace Gender Equality Agency

18th February, 2015

Number of adolescent girls who become infected with HIV every week in South Africa: 860

Source: UNICEF

17th February, 2015

Proportion of adult Australians who believe the execution of Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, convicted for drug-trafficking in Indonesia, should not proceed: 62 per cent

Source: Lowy Institute

16th February, 2015

Amount each Australian spends on fast food annually: $311

Source: Heart Foundation

13th February, 2015

Number of days in a row that New York City hasn't had a murder (as of 12.01am on 12th February), beating a nine day record set in 2013: 10

Source: NYPD via The Guardian

12th February, 2015

Estimated number of child soldiers, mostly boys, recruited by armed forces and groups in South Sudan in 2014:12,000

Source: UNICEF

11th February, 2015

Total value of all dwellings in Australia: $5,399,951,800,000

Source: ABS Residential Property Price Index, December Quarter, 2014

10th February, 2015

Proportion of Americans who believe vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella are not safe: 9 per cent

Source: Pew Research Center

9th February, 2015

Amount a copy of the Magna Carta - dating from 1300 - found in a council archive in Kent, UK, could sell for: Up to £10 million

Source: The Independent

6th February, 2015

Number of anti-Semitic incidents recorded in UK in 2014: 1,168 (compared to 535 in 2013)

Source: Community Security Trust

5th February, 2015

Number of people who die from cancer annually in China: About 2.2 million

Source: WHO

4th February, 2015

Number of people infected with HIV every day in the Asia-Pacific region: More than 1,000

Source: Via Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations

3rd February, 2015

Number of Australians who have joined FebFast - going without alcohol for the month of February - since 2007:Almost 50,000

Source: FebFast

2nd February, 2015

Proportion of Australians born overseas (highest percentage since the 1890s): 28 per cent

Source: ABS

30th January, 2015

Number of Koreans serving as missionaries around the world: More than 26,000 in 169 countries

Source: Korea World Missions Association

29th January, 2015

Number of homeless people turned away from shelters every day in Victoria during 2013-2014 financial year: 92

Source: Report on Government Services via Council to Homeless Persons

28th January, 2015

Number of international tourists in 2014: 1.13 billion

Source: UNTWO

23rd January, 2015

Time on the "Doomsday Clock", a countdown to "global catastrophe", after moving two minutes closer to midnight/doomsday (the first move since 2012): Three minutes to midnight

Source: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

22nd January, 2015

Percentage of "online adults" in the US who use two or more social media sites: 52 per cent (up from 42 per cent in 2013)

Source: Pew Research Internet Project

21st January, 2015

Number of global unemployed, 2014/projected 2019: 201 million/more than 212 million

Source: International Labour Organization

20th January, 2015

Number of "pointless" emails received annually by the average British worker: 1,728

Source: Study commissioned by Sennheiser

19th January, 2015

Number of people who reportedly attended mass conducted by Pope Francis in Manila on 18th January, 2015: 6 million

Source: Vatican spokesman, Rev Federico Lombardi quoting numbers supplied by local officials

16th January, 2015

Year at which average life expectancy for women in the UK is projected to reach 100: 2055

Source: UK Office for National Statistics forecast (via The Telegraph)

15th January, 2015

Proportion by which the global economy is expected to grow this year (down 0.4 per cent on June estimate): 3 per cent

Source: World Bank, Global Economic Prospects

14th January, 2015

Decline in China's national under-five mortality rate, 1991 to 2013 (per thousand live births): 61 to 12

Source: UNICEF, Children in China: An Atlas of Social Indicators 2014.

13th January, 2015

Growth in Australia's population in the year to the end of June, 2014: 364,900 to 23.5 million

Source: ABS

12th January, 2015

Ranking of Australia by internet speed: 44 (with an average connection speed of 6.9 Mbps)

Source: Akamai, State of the Internet report, Q3 2014

24th December, 2014

Number of prisoners in Australia (as of 30th June, 2014) - a 10 year high: 33,791

Source: ABS

23rd December, 2014

Number of deaths from the Ebola virus during the latest outbreak (as of 22nd December, 2014): 7,418

Source: UN

22nd December, 2014

Number of northern white rhinos in existence after the death Anglifu at the San Diego Zoo earlier this month: 5

Source: National Geographic

19th December, 2014

Percentage of Americans who see CIA interrogation methods as justified (following the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report detailing post-September 2001 practices): 51 per cent

Source: Pew Research

18th December, 2014

Number of people globally who were murdered in 2012: 475,000

Source: Global status report on violence prevention 2014 - WHO, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

17th December, 2014

Proportion of the 2.6 million patent applications made globally in 2013 which were filed in China: About a third

Source: WIPO

16th December, 2014

Number of adoptions finalised in Australia in 2013-14: 317

Source: AIHW

15th December, 2014

Number of people facing food insecurity due to a prolonged drought in Central America: Almost 2.5 million

Source: OCHA

12th December, 2014

Amount of plastic estimated to be afloat on global oceans: At least 5.25 trillion pieces equating to 268,940 tonnes

Source: PLOS One

11th December, 2014

Number of giraffes left in the wild: 80,000 (down from 140,000 15 years ago)

Source: Namibian-based Australian conservation scientist Dr Julian Fennessy (via ABC)

9th December, 2014

Rank Australia was given in the 2014 Climate Change Performance Index: 57 (out of 61 countries included in the index)

Source: CCPI

8th December, 2014

Number of people believed to have attempted to cross the Bay of Bengal from countries including Myanmar and Bangladesh to Malaysia and Thailand (via "irregular" means) since the start of 2012: 120,000

Source: UNHCR

5th December, 2014

Australia's 2014 score on Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index (100 being "very clean): 80/100

Source: Transparency International

4th December, 2014

Amount the Australian Government proposes to boost the country's refugee and humanitarian intake over the next four years: 7,500 (to 18,500)

Source: Minister for Immigration

3rd December, 2014

Amount required by the World Food Programme to feed Syrian refugees in December (the WFP announced this week it had to suspend its food voucher program due to a funding crisis): $US64 million

Source: WFP

2nd December, 2014

Proportion of Americans who said their soul needed most attention in terms of "self-improvement" (out of a choice of body, mind and soul): 20 per cent (47 per cent body/29 per cent mind)

Source: CBS News/60 Minutes poll

1st December, 2014

Average temperature during spring, 2014, in Australia (the hottest on record): 24 degrees Celsius

Source: ABC

28th November, 2014

Largest number of MPs ever ejected from Australia's Federal Parliament in a single day: 18 (by Speaker Bronwyn Bishop on 27th November, 2014)

Source: ABC

27th November, 2014

Amount 151 financial institutions from around the world invested in companies producing cluster munitions between 2011 and 2014: $US27 billion

Source: Worldwide Investment in Cluster Munitions report

26th November, 2014

Proportion of people globally with a gambling problem who are perpetrators of "intimate partner violence": 37 per cent

Source: Australian Gambling Research Centre

25th November, 2014

Proportion of people in 34 emerging and developing countries who believe crime is a "very big" problem in their country: 83 per cent

Source: PewResearch Global Attitudes Report

24th November, 2014

Proportion of Australia's national annual grocery bill spent on tobacco products: 10 per cent

Source: IRI-Aztec data quoted in The Age

21st November, 2014

Amount of snow US football team Buffalo Bills estimate needs to be removed from their stadium in Buffalo, New York, after massive snowfall: 220,000,000 kilograms

Source: Chicago Tribune

20th November, 2014

Proportion of Australian workers who want to maintain some involvement in the workforce to stay active when they are older: 47 per cent

Source: Kronos Australia report - Australia’s Choice: Live to Work or Work to Live?

19th November, 2014

Estimated amount of time spent collecting water globally every day: 200,000,000 hours

Source: www.water.org

18th November, 2014

Number of children under 15-years-old who drown every year, globally: 140,219

Source: WHO: Global Report on Drowning

17th November, 2014

Percentage of Australians aged 12 to 17 who say they like to get a suntan now compared with 10 years ago: 38 per cent/60 per cent

Source: Cancer Council's National Sun Protection Survey

14th November, 2014

Proportion of Australians aged under 65 who are not doing any moderate or vigorous physical activity in the past week: 1 in 4

Source: AMR survey commissioned by Diabetes Australia and the Pedestrian Council

13th November, 2014

Estimated number of people globally who die each year from indoor air pollution caused by rudimentary biomass or coal cooking stoves: 4.3 million

Source: WHO

12th November, 2014

Number of registered internet domain names worldwide (as of 31st March, 2014): More than 276,000,000

Source: Verisign

11th November, 2014

Estimated total military casualties (killed, wounded, prisoners or missing in action) in World War I: 37,466,904

Source: PBS - The Great War

10th November, 2014

Average number of sexual partners for Australian men/women: 18/8

Source: Second Australian Study of Health and Relationships

7th November, 2014

Average number of short term visitors who arrived in Australia daily during September compared to average daily number of Australians who departed short-term: 17,000/30,000

Source: ABS

6th November, 2014

Percentage of Americans who believe alcohol is more harmful to a person's health than marijuana: 69 per cent

Source: Pew Research - 6 facts about marijuana

5th November, 2014

Annual cost of "red tape" to the private sector in Australia: $250 billion

Source: Deloitte report - Get out of your own way: Unleashing productivity

4th November, 2014

Number of countries that have become party to the UN's Convention Against Torture since its introduction almost 30 years ago: 156

Source: UN

3rd November, 2014

Median age of Australian mothers in 2003/2013: 30.5/30.8

Source: ABS

31st October, 2014

Number of people affected by asthma worldwide: 334 million

Source: The Global Asthma Report 2014

30th October, 2014

Percentage of Australian citizens Australians believe are over the age of 65 compared to the reality: 37 per cent/14 per cent

Source: IPSOS Perils of Perception study

29th October, 2014

Percentage of Australians who think Australia's immigration intake is too high versus those who think it's too low or about right: 35 per cent/58 per cent

Source: Mapping Social Cohesion Report 2014 (Scanlon Foundation)

28th October, 2014

Estimated daily cost of US air war in Iraq and Syria, according to the US Department of Defense: $US8.3 million

Source: ABC

27th October, 2014

Amount of global food production lost or wasted each year, according to UN estimates: 30 per cent or 1.3 billion tonnes

Source: www.un.org

24th October, 2014

Amount Britain's "smallest home" - a converted flower shop in London of just 17.5 square metres in size - sold for:


Source: Daily Mail

23rd October, 2014

Where Australia ranks of HSBC's league table of the overall best places for expats to live: 12th of 34 countries (Switzerland was #1)

Source: Expat Explorer

22nd October, 2014

Percentage of people who identify as Christian in South Korea, in 1900 and now: 1 per cent/29 per cent

Source: Pew Research

21st October, 2014

Percentage of Australian primary teachers who are female: 81 per cent

Source: The Staff in Australia's Schools report, 2013

20th October, 2014

Volume of data downloaded on Australian mobile handsets, three months to June 2013 compared to three months to June, 2014: 19,636 /38,734 terabytes

Source: ABS

17th October, 2014

Height of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai - the world's tallest tower: 828 metres (2,716.5 feet)

Source: Burj Khalifa

16th October, 2014

Percentage of Australian adults aged 18-64 who actively download "pirated" film and television content: 29 per cent (up four per cent on 2013)

Source: IP Awareness Foundation

15th October, 2014

Proportion of the world's wealth in North America compared to Africa: 34.7 per cent compared to 1.1 per cent

Source: Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report 2014

14th October, 2014

Proportion of Australians who have missed a payment on an electricity bill in the past year: Nearly 1 in 3

Source: EY Customer Experience Series – Utilities survey

13th October, 2014

Number of injuries incurred at community-level Australian football games over the past decade (based on insurance claims): More than 26,700

Source: ACRISP, Federation University (via The Age)

10th October, 2014

Average amount of TV Australians watch on traditional sets per month: 97 hours, three minutes

Source: Australian Multi-Screen Report, 2nd quarter, 2014

9th October, 2014

Percentage of elected officials in the US who are white/men: 90 per cent/71 per cent

Source: wholeads.us

8th October, 2014

Amount of world sport David Howman, director-general of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), says is controlled by organised crime: At least 25 per cent

Source: As reported by the Telegraph

7th October, 2014

Number of additional teachers needed to achieve universal primary education by 2015 (one of the eight Millennium Development Goals): Four million

Source: UNESCO policy paper

6th October, 2014

Growth in average gross income of Australian households, 2003-04 to 2011-12: 58 per cent

Source: ABS

2nd October, 2014

Number of Iraqis killed as a direct result of terrorism and violence September, 2014: An "absolute minimum" of 1,119, including 854 civilians

Source: UNAMI (figures don't include people killed in Anbar Province or those who died after fleeing their homes from  exposure, lack of water, food, or healthcare)

1st October, 2014

Percentage of Australian females aged between 14 and 25 who say sexism affects the career path they choose:

49 per cent

Source: Auspoll commissioned by Plan International Australia

30th September, 2014

Proportion of the top 200 companies in Australia which pay no tax: More than 1 in 10

Source: Who Pays for Our Common Wealth? Tax Practices of the ASX 200 report

29th September, 2014

Average number of mass shooting incidents annually in the US, 2000-2006 compared with 2007-2013: 6.4/16.4

Source: FBI

25th September, 2014

Number of Welsh people who would vote for Wales to be independent of the UK (in wake of Scotland's 'No' vote):

Three per cent

Source: BBC/ICM poll

24th September, 2014

Worst case scenario for the number of Ebola cases, as of January, 2015: 550,000-1.4 million

Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

23rd September, 2014

Australians with dementia who believe people avoid spending time with them because of their diagnosis or are unsure about that: 59 per cent

Source: Living with Dementia in the Community: Challenges and Opportunities report

22nd September, 2014

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as a percentage of all people in full-time custody in Australia, June quarter 2014: 27.6 per cent

Source: ABS

19th September, 2014

Number of 34 officially sanctioned "independence votes" during the past 70 years which have resulted in independence (excludes Scottish vote): 26

Source: PewResearch

18th September, 2014

Average annual total statutory pay for CEOS of 100 top ASX-listed companies in Australia: $4.84 million (63 times average earnings; down from 94 times average earnings in 2004)

Source: Australian Council of Superannuation Investors

17th September, 2014

Number of babies born annually who only live for one day (many of whom die from preventable causes): One million

Source: UNICEF

16th September, 2014

Number of people globally with a mobile phone: 3.63 billion (about 50 per cent of world population)

Source: We Are Social

15th September, 2014

Proportion of plastic among total of all rubbish along Australia's coastline: About 75 per cent

Source: CSIRO Tackling Marine Debris

12th September, 2014

Number of native animals killed by feral cats each night in Australia: An estimated 45 million

Source: Australian Wildlife Conservancy

11th September, 2014

Average annual cost of fees and living expenses for international university students in Australia (the highest of 13 countries in a HSBC study): $US38,000

Source: HSBC

10th September, 2014

Estimated weight of the newly discovered giant dinosaur, Dreadnoughtus schrani: About 59,000 kilograms

Source: Science News

9th September, 2014

Market value of Facebook after its shares rose 0.8 per cent on the New York Stock Exchange: $US201.6 billion

Source: Bloomberg

8th September, 2014

Amount of time the average Australian women spends chatting on the phone each week: 1.5 hours

Source: ABS Australian Health Survey

5th September, 2014

Number of US states where obesity levels are above 30 per cent of the population: 20

Source: State of Obesity

4th September, 2014

Average unemployment rate in OECD countries (as of mid-2014): 7.4 per cent

Source: OECD

3rd September, 2014

Number of tourists who visited France in 2013 (highest in the world): 84.7 million

Source: Telegraph

2nd September, 2014

Minimum wage in the US: $US7.25 an hour

Source: Whitehouse.gov

1st September, 2014

Median age of residents of Tea Gardens-Hawks Nest, near Port Stephens in New South Wales (the community with the oldest median age in Australia): 60

Source: ABS

29th August, 2014

Percentage of Americans who don't think the US is doing enough to "help solve world problems": 31 per cent (up from 17 per cent in November, 2013)

Source: PewResearch

28th August, 2014

Number of people who have died attempting to make "irregular" sea crossings from North Africa to Europe since June: About 1,600

Source: UNHCR

27th August, 2014

Proportion of 10 to 18-year-olds in the US who feel more accepted on social media than in real life: 1 in 3

Source: McAfee 2014 Teens and the Screen study

26th August, 2014

Number of pathological gamblers in Japan: About 5.36 million

Source: SMH

25th August, 2014

Number of meals delivered by Meals on Wheels in Australia each year: About 14 million

Source: Meals on Wheels

22nd August, 2014

Age of Australian grandfather Cyril Baldock, oldest person to swim the English Channel: 70 years and nine months

Source: Telegraph

21st August, 2014

Number of refugees in Ethiopia as at end of July, 2014 (the highest number in any African country): 629,000

Source: UNHCR

20th August, 2014

Estimated number of African elephants killed by ivory poachers between 2010-2012: 100,000

Source: Via National Geographic

19th August, 2014

Number of places the Australian Government has set aside for people fleeing violence in Iraq and Syria this year (under the humanitarian refugee program): 4,400

Source: ABC

18th August, 2014

Proportion of people in Australia who used a payphone in the six months to the end of May: Nine per cent

Source: ACMA via The Age

15th August, 2014

Number of people affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa (thanks to the sealing off of the "hot zone"): More than a million

Source: WHO

14th August, 2014

Amount raised in the Salvation Army's 2014 Red Shield Appeal in Australia: $79.9 million

Source: www.salvos.org.au

13th August, 2014

Daily calorie intake per capita in US compared with that of Democratic Republic of Congo: 3,770/1,590 kcal

Source: Health website Evoke.ie via www.dailymail.co.uk

12th August, 2014

Number of "laboratory confirmed" flu cases reported in Australia so far this "season" as of 11th August: 20,979 (more than double last year's number)

Source: www.isg.org.au

11th August, 2014

Number of people around the world recognised as "indigenous": More than 370 million

Source: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

8th August, 2014

Women killed by former partners or partners in Australia between 2008 and 2010 as a proportion of all homicides: 1 in every 6

Source: Australian Institute of Criminology research quoted by ABC

6th August, 2014

Proportion of people who own more than $1 million in net assets in London (the highest proportion of any city in the world): 1 in 35

Source: New World Wealth via The Guardian

5th August, 2014

Number of Australian soldiers who died during World War I: 62,000

Source: Australian War Memorial

4th August, 2014

Number of spies operating in Vienna: At least 7,000

Source: Telegraph

1st August, 2014

Number of Australians who die from alcohol-attributable causes daily (figures from 2010): 15

Source: Alcohol's Burden of Disease in Australia report

31st July, 2014

Proportion of human trafficking victims detected globally between 2007-2010 who were children: 27 per cent

Source: UNODC

30th July, 2014

Number of Australians aged over 40 (termed the 'liver danger zone') living with untreated hepatitis B or C: 250,000

Source: Hepatitis Australia

29th July, 2014

Number of Australians aged over 50 receiving unemployment benefits: More than 200,000

Source: ABC