16th July, 2019
Number of deaths from the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo where the first case has now been reported in the city of Goma: 1,650
Source: WHO

 

15th July, 2019
Death toll from floods in Nepal and India: At least 50 with more than a million displaced
Source: Via The Guardian

 

12th July, 2019
Number of countries or areas in which populations have dropped by one per cent or more since 2010: 27
Source: UN

 

11th July, 2019
Estimated proportion of Pacific Islanders who live below "basic needs poverty lines": A quarter
Source: UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

 

10th July, 2019
Estimated number of people living in "extreme" poverty, worldwide: About 420 million people
Source: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

 

8th July, 2019
Magnitude of an earthquake to affect much of southern California on 5th July (the largest in the region in 20 years): 7.1
Source: USGS

 

5th July, 2019
Monthly pay packet of the world's poorest 10 per cent of workers: $US22
Source: ILO

 

4th July, 2019
Rate at which the Amazon underwent deforestation last month: One-and-a-half soccer fields every minute
Source: Brazil's National Institute of Space Research (via CNN)

 

3rd July, 2019
Number of years since a solar eclipse has been seen from Chile's Atacama Desert (where a total eclipse was seen on Tuesday): 427

 

2nd July, 2019
Number of refugees who need urgent resettlement in 2020, according to UNHCR: More than 1.4 million

 

1st July, 2019
Number of years since Japanese fishermen last commercially hunted whales (and are about to resume after the nation withdrew from the International Whaling Commission): More than 30

 

28th June, 2019
Arrests in Ethiopia following an attempted coup attempt, according to state TV: Almost 250
Source: Reuters

 

27th June, 2019
Proportion of global drug deaths caused by opioids in 2017 (the latest figures available): Two-thirds
Source: World Drug Report

 

26th June, 2019
Expected temperature in France this week (a record high) as Europe experiences a heatwave: 45 degrees Celsius
Source: Météo-France (via The Guardian)

 

25th June, 2019
Number of asylum applications in the EU from Venezuelans between January and May: 18,400 (roughly twice that of the previous year)
Source: European Asylum Support Office (via Reuters)

 

24th June, 2019
Proportion of schools now closed in conflict-affected English-speaking areas of Cameroon: More than 80 per cent
Source: UNICEF

 

21st June, 2019
Proportion of people with epilepsy in developing countries who UN health experts say are not getting the care they need: More than seven in 10
Source: WHO

 

20th June, 2019
Number of people forced to flee their home every minute during 2018, globally: 25
Source: UNHCR

 

19th June, 2019
Number of people who have gained access to drinking water since 2000, globally: 1.8 billion
Source: UNICEF-WHO report

 

18th June, 2019
Number of children who have died in India's Bihar state after an outbreak of suspected viral encephalitis: More than 90
Source: BBC

 

17th June, 2019
Number of women and newborns who are dying every two hours from complications and childbirth and pregnancy in conflict affected Yemen: One and six
Source: UNICEF

 

14th June, 2019
Number of votes received by Boris Johnson, candidate for Conservative Party leader and next UK Prime Minister in first ballot of Tory MPs: 114 (compared to 43 given to nearest rival Jeremy Hunt)
Source: BBC

 

13th June, 2019
Number of suspected cases of measles in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the first four-and-a-half months of 2019: 87,000
Source: DRC Health Ministry (via Al Jazeera)

 

12th June, 2019
Score in the FIFA Women's World Cup game between the US and Thailand (the competition's biggest ever victory): 13-0 to the US

 

11th June, 2019
Number of plant species lost from the wild in the last 250 years: 571
Source: Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Stockholm University (via BBC)

 

7th June, 2019
Number of new but curable sexually transmitted disease infections every day, globally: A million
Source: WHO

 

6th June, 2019
Number of Allied men landed on the beaches of Normandy during the D-Day landings in June, 1944: Almost 175,000 in 5,333 ships and landing craft
Source: History on the Net

 

5th June, 2019
Number of measles cases in the US so far this year (this highest since 1994): 971
Source: CDC

 

4th June, 2019
Temperature in Churu, in the Indian state of Rajasthan, on Sunday, as the country faces a heatwave: 50.8 degrees Celsius
Source: Via BBC

 

3rd June, 2019
Number of women in South Africa's new cabinet (a new record): Half
Source: Via CNN

 

31st May, 2019
Number of children aged under five who die annually of lower respiratory infections caused by second-hand smoke: More than 60,000
Source: WHO

 

30th May, 2019
Rise in Australia's minimum wage: $21.60 a week
Source: Fair Work Commission

 

29th May, 2019
Number of teachers involved in a mass walkout in New Zealand on Wednesday: 50,000
Source: Guardian

 

28th May, 2019
Number of people who have died trying to climb Mount Everest in Nepal in this year's climbing season: 11 (the latest on Monday)
Source: CNN

 

27th May, 2019
Number of people eligible to vote in European Union parliamentary elections: More than 400 million

 

24th May, 2019
Size of the payout awarded to Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush after he won a defamation case over allegations published in an Australian newspaper (a record for the country): Almost $A2.9 million

 

23rd May, 2019
Proportion of some 13,000 companies worldwide that say gender diversity in management improved their business: About six in 10
Source: ILO report

 

22nd May, 2019
Percentage of Australian men, aged 16 to 24, who believe many women who’ve said they’d been raped had instead led the man on and subsequently had regrets: Almost a third
Source: National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS) Youth report

 

21st May, 2019
Rise in the percentage of British people from ethnic minorities who face discrimination from January, 2016, to February, 2019: From 58 per cent to 71 per cent
Source: Opinium poll via The Guardian

 

20th May, 2019
Percentage of Americans who say there is at least some discrimination against evangelical Christians/Muslims/Jews in their country: 50 per cent/82 per cent/64 per cent
Source: Pew Research

 

17th May, 2019
Number of pieces of plastic rubbish found on the remote Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean, according to a scientific survey: Estimated 414 million
Source: Nature

 

16th May, 2019
Amount needed for post cyclone reconstruction in Mozambique: $US3.2 billion
Source: Government officials quoted in Mozambique media

 

15th May, 2019
Percentage of people in eight EU states who think "all is well" with regard to immigration in Europe: Three per cent
Source: YouGov poll via Reuters

 

14th May, 2019
Percentage of Japanese people who support the idea of a woman becoming the country's emperor: 76 per cent
Source: Nikkei Business Daily poll

 

13th May, 2019
Number of human rights defenders and activists killed in Colombia in the first four months of 2019: 51
Source: OHCHR

 

10th May, 2019
Number of people suffering "chronic undernourishment" in the 'Near East and North Africa' region which spans the area from Morocco to Oman: More than 52 million
Source: FAO

 

9th May, 2019
Years since Britain last passed a week without using coal power (it did so again on Wednesday): 137
Source: Via The Guardian

 

8th May, 2019
Percentage of South Africans who are dissatisfied with their country's democracy: 64 per cent
Source: Pew Research

 

7th May, 2019
Amount Australian taxpayers give to charities: 0.36 per cent (down from 0.4 per cent in 2014-15)
Source: Community Council for Australia report

 

6th May, 2019
Projected size of the food crop in North Korea in 2018-19: 4.9 million metric tonnes (the lowest since 2008-09)
Source: FAO/WFP

 

3rd May, 2019
Rise in number of sexual assault cases across the US military in 2018: Almost 38 per cent
Source: Pentagon report (via CNN)

 

2nd May, 2019
Number of Venezuelans who fled into Brazil on foot on 30th April alone: Some 850 (compared to an average of 250 to 300)
Source: Brazilian Government (as quoted on Reuters)

 

1st May, 2019
Number of people facing a food security crisis in Angola: 2.3 million
Source: UNICEF

 

30th April, 2019
Number of people infected by measles in US this year (the highest total since the disease was eliminated in 2000): More than 700
Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

29th April, 2019
Number of Indonesian electoral staff who have reportedly died due to overwork in the wake of voting in the country's presidential election on 17th April: More than 270
Source: ABC

 

26th April, 2019
Number of publicly listed US companies now valued at $US1 trillion (after Microsoft joined the club): Three
Source: Guardian

 

24th April, 2019
Number of years United Arab Emirates woman Munira Abdulla spent in a coma after being injured in a road traffic accident before waking up: 27
Source: BBC

 

23rd April, 2019
Number of classrooms damaged or destroyed in Mozambique due to the impact of Cyclone Idai in April: 3,400
Source: UNICEF

 

18th April, 2019
Proportion of England which is owned by less than one per cent of the population, some 25,000 landowners: More than half
Source: Guardian

 

17th April, 2019
Number of people who have fled Nicaragua in fear of their lives during the past year as the country faces a "deep sociopolitical crisis": More than 60,000
Source: UNHCR

 

16th April, 2019
Increase in the number of measles cases seen worldwide in the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018: Triple
Source: WHO

 

15th April, 2019
Number of times the first trailer for the ninth and final film in the Star Wars saga, The Rise of Skywalker, was viewed in the first 24 hours of its release: More than 16 million
Source: ABC

 

12th April, 2019
Proportion of women who feel they have no choice but to agree to their partner's sexual demands in a survey of women across 51 countries: More than four in 10
Source: UNFPA

 

11th April, 2019
Cost of lack of sleep to the Australian economy, annually: $A26.2 billion
Source: Inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness in Australia

 

10th April, 2019
Amount by which cherry blossom tourism boosts the Japanese economy: $US2.7 billion
Source: Bloomberg

 

8th April, 2019
Increase in global average life expectancy since the year 2000: From 66.5 years in 72 years
Source: WHO

 

5th April, 2019
Number of overseas-born people living in Australia in 2018: More than seven million
Source: ABS

 

4th April, 2019
Percentage of Russian households who cannot afford to own two pairs of shoes (figures which are disputed by the Kremlin): 35.4 per cent
Source: Russian statistics agency Rosstat via BBC

 

3rd April, 2019
Depth of the "world's deepest pool" expected to open in Mszczonow, Poland, later this year: 45 metres
Source: Via CNN

 

2nd April, 2019
Percentage of people, globally, facing food crises who are living in countries with conflict: 60 per cent
Source: UN

 

1st April, 2019
Percentage of Nigerians who plan to emigrate from their country in the next five years: 45 per cent
Source: Pew Research Center

 

29th March, 2019
Percentage of 28.8 million Venezuelans who live in poverty: 94 per cent
Source: Reuters citing UN document

 

28th March, 2019
Amount of a settlement agreed by OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma with the US state of Oklahoma following accusations it fuelled the opioid abuse epidemic in the US: $US270 million
Source: NBC

 

27th March, 2019
Number of confirmed planets detected around stars, known as exoplanets: Almost 4,000
Source: NASA Exoplanet Archive

 

26th March, 2019
Number of UN staff members from various agencies currently under arrest or being detained in various countries around the world (including several being held with charges being made explicit): About 20
Source: UN

 

25th March, 2019
Number of people who have signed a petition asking the British Government to revoke Article 50 and reconsider its plans to leave the EU: More than 5.3 million (as of 12am AEST)
Source: UK Government

 

22nd March, 2019
Economic costs of damage caused by Fall armyworm across Africa since 2016: Up to $US3 billion
Source: FAO

 

21st March, 2019
Size of the third fine given to Google by the EU for hindering competition: €1.5 billion
Source: CNN

 

20th March, 2019
Number of years before England runs ourt of water thanks to factors including population growth, poor water management and climate change: 25
Source: James Bevan, chief executive of the Environment Agency

 

19th March, 2019
Number of music tracks uploaded to MySpace which have been lost as the social media network lost every piece of content uploaded before 2016: More than 50 million
Source: The Guardian

 

18th March, 2019
Number of countries where student "climate strikes" took place on Friday, 15th March: More than 100
Source: Reports

 

15th March, 2019
Change in the proportion of Australians who live as a "couple family with children", 1996-2016: 54 per cent to 49 per cent
Source: ABS

 

14th March, 2019
Amount of money the UN is seeking to help Syrians living a "razor-edge existence" inside and outside the war-torn country: $US8.8 billion
Source: UN

 

13th March, 2019
Number of species facing "almost certain extinction" without conservation intervention: More than 1,200
Source: Australia’s University of Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society project (as quoted on The Guardian)

 

12th March, 2019
Number of children estimated to be killed annually due to the use of shoddy or "fake" drugs for malaria, pnuemonia and other diseases: At least 300,000
Source: Dr Joel Breman, co-author of a report published in American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (as quoted in CNN)

 

8th March, 2019
Proportion of girls in Australia staying in school until Year 12 (final year) in 2018 compared with 1969: 89 per cent compared with 24 per cent
Source: ABS

 

7th March, 2019
Number of youth living in fragile and conflict affected states, worldwide: Estimated 600 million
Source: UN

 

6th March, 2019
Number of migrants who crossed the US-Mexican border without authorisation in Febraury (the highest number in that month for 12 years): More than 76,000
Source: US Customs and Border Protection (via Newsweek)

 

5th March, 2019
Number of children living with disabilities, worldwide: Estimated 93 million
Source: UN

 

4th March, 2019
Amount of global gross domestic product spent on health: 10 per cent
Source: WHO

 

1st March, 2019
Number of states that have been able to declare their lands mine-free since the UN Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention came into force on 1st March, 1999: 31
Source: UN

 

28th February, 2019
Estimated umber of children who identity as being in gangs in England (a figure believed conservative): 37,000
Source: Children's Commissioner for England

 

27th February, 2019
Number of visa applications refused by the US in 2018 due to US President Donald Trump's travel ban: More than 37,000
Source: US State Department (via Reuters)

 

26th February, 2019
Percentage of UK university students who say they had encountered unwelcome sexual behaviour ranging from receiving explicit messages to rape: 53 per cent
Source: Brook/Dig-In survey (via The Guardian)

 

25th February, 2019
Amount Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, in a pre-election promise, has pledged to a 10 year program to reduce Australia's emissions: $AUD2 billion

 

22nd February, 2019
Rise in number of anti-Semitic attacks in France, 2017-2018: Up 74 per cent (from 311 to 541)
Source: BBC

 

21st February, 2019
Rate at which the population of Egypt is growing (sparking a new campaign to encourage people to have less children): 2.6 million annually (it's now estimated at 97.5 million)
Source: Via Reuters

 

20th February, 2019
Estimated amount Australians spent on illegal drugs including methylamphetamines, cocaine, MDMA and heroin in the year to August, 2018: More than $AUD9.3 billion
Source: ACIC

 

19th February, 2019
Number of people, worldwide, who work in small scale gold mining, often dangerous work: 15 million (including 4.5 million women and more than 600,00 children)
Source: UNEP

 

18th February, 2019
Number of former Islamic State fighters captured by US-backed forces in Syria that US President Donald Trump has asked the EU to take and put on trial: 800

 

15th February, 2019
Number of young adults and children in Madagascar who have died of the measles since October: At least 922
Source: WHO

 

14th February, 2019
US national debt: More than $US22 trillion
Source: US Treasury Department via TIME

 

13th February, 2019
Estimated number of people who die from eating contaminated food annually worldwide: 420,000
Source: WHO

 

12th February, 2019
Estimated number of Islamic State fighters in the small area the terror group still controls in Syria: 1,000 to 1,500
Source: US General Joseph Votel, the commander of US forces in the Middle East, as quoted in TIME.

 

11th February, 2019
Proportion of insect species which may face extinction in the next few decades, globally: More than 40 per cent
Source: Study published in Biological Conservation

 

8th February, 2019
Amount of debris in the Iraqi city of Mosul alone which must be "made safe" from explosives following its recapture from the so-called Islamic State: 7.6 million tonnes
Source: UN Mine Action Service

 

7th February, 2019
Number of children killed by their parents or guardians in Australia between 2000-01 to 2011-12: 284
Source: Australian Institute of Criminology report

 

6th February, 2019
Proportion of young people aged 15 to 24 globally who are online: 70.6 per cent (94 per cent in developed countries/more than 65 per cent in developing countries)
Source: UNICEF

 

5th February, 2019
Number of women killed by cervical cancer, worldwide, annually despite it being one of the most preventable and curable forms of the disease: More than 300,000
Source: WHO

 

4th February, 2019
Number of human trafficking cases recorded worldwide in 2016 (latest data available): More than 25,000
Source: UNODC

 

1st February, 2019
Number of months in which Australia's mean temperature exceeded 30 degrees Celsius since records began in 1910: 1 (January, 2019)
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

 

31st January, 2019
Number of unprovoked shark bites, worldwide, in 2018: 66 (down from 88 in 2017)
Source: International Shark Attack File

 

30th January, 2019
Number of disabled Afghans who sought assistance for the first time at physical rehabilitation centres in Afghanistan run by the International Committee of the Red Cross in 2018: More than 12,000 (a record number)
Source: ICRC

 

29th January, 2019
Number of people still missing following the collapse of a tailings dam at a mining complex in Brazil on Friday (as of Monday afternoon): 292
Source: The Guardian

 

25th January, 2019
Amount of electronic waste being thrown away each year: 50 million tonnes
Source: Joint UN report - 'A New Circular Vision for Electronics – Time for a Global Reboot'

 

23rd January, 2019
Homicides recorded in Mexico in 2018 (a new record): 28,816 (up 15 per cent on the previous year)
Source: The Guardian

 

22nd January, 2019
Number of international tourists, worldwide, in 2018: 1.4 billion (two years ahead of forecasts)
Source: UNWTO

 

21st January, 2019
Proportion of Australians with a psychological or intellectual disability who experienced physical violence in 2016: One in eight
Source: ABS

 

18th January, 2019
Proportion of UN staffers who say they experienced sexual harassment in the past two years: One in three
Source: TIME

 

17th January, 2019
Number of people killed in ethnic violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo over just three days in mid-December: At least 890
Source: UN

 

16th January, 2019
Number of people in Yemen who received emergency food aid and vouchers from the UN in December: 9.5 million
Source: WFP

 

15th January, 2019
Amount coffee farmers in Ethiopia receive from each cup of coffee consumed in the West after a slump in prices: Less than one cent
Source: Reuters

 

14th January, 2019
Proportion of Americans who believe most immigrants are in the US legally (which is true): 45 per cent
Source: Pew Research

 

11th January, 2019
Number of new permanent residents Canada is looking to add in the next three years: More than one million
Source: CNN

 

10th January, 2019
Amount by which the annual national mean temperature in Australia was above the average in 2018 (making it the country's third hottest year on record): 1.14 degrees Celsius
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

 

8th January, 2019
Number of times a 5th January tweet by Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, set to become the first private passenger in space, was retweeted (setting a new record): At least 4.3 million
Source: ABC

 

7th January, 2019
Number of blind people worldwide: 39 million
Source: WHO

 

4th January, 2019
Amount raised in Australia by street fundraisers in 2018: More than $120 million
Source: ABC

 

3rd January, 2019
Number of Americans dying from an opioid overdose every day: More than 115
Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse via USA Today

 

2nd January, 2019
Size of the global debt from 2017: $US184 trillion
Source: IMF

 

31st December, 2018
Percentage of Americans who personally own a gun: Three in 10
Source: Pew Research

 

24th December, 2018
Number of babies celebrating their first Christmas in Australia: 311,104
Source: Via McCrindle

 

21st December, 2018
Number of migrants deported from Europe to Libya since early 2017 and placed in detention there: About 29,000
Source: Joint UNSMIL/OHCHR report

 

20th December, 2018
Change in proportion of the world's Catholics who live in Europe: From 65 per cent in 1910 to 24 per cent in 2010
Source: Pew Research

 

19th December, 2018
Increase in crimes committed by over 65s in South Korea in the past five years: 45 per cent
Source: CNN

 

18th December, 2018
Number of people killed in clashes between farmers and semi-nomadic herders since 2016 in Nigeria: More than 3,600
Source: Amnesty report

 

17th December, 2018
Number of children in Syria who have only known war since their birth: About four million (half of the nation's children)
Source: UNICEF

 

14th December, 2018
Amount of cash accidentally destroyed or lost in Australia: Estimated up to $AUD7.6 billion
Source: Reserve Bank of Australia

 

13th December, 2018
Benefit to the economy in the Australian state of Victoria for every person that walks 20 minutes to work and back: $AUD8.48
Source: Victoria Walks (based on a Queensland Government study)

 

12th December, 2018
Speed with which the Dracula ant can snap its mandibles (in the fastest animal movement on Earth): Up to 90 metres per second (more than 200mph)
Source: The Guardian

 

11th December, 2018
Amount lost in bribes and stolen through corruption globally every year: $US3.6 trillion
Source: UN

 

10th December, 2018
Rise in number of Chinese nationals applying for asylum in Australia, 2016-17 to 2017-18: Up 311 per cent (from 2,269 to 9,315)
Source: ABC

 

7th December, 2018
Number of migrant workers, worldwide: 164 million
Source: ILO

 

3rd December, 2018
Drop in the number of missing from the Californian wildfires: To 25 from a high of more than 1,200
Source: BBC

 

30th November, 2018
Number of adolescents who will die each day of AIDS by 2030 despite a slowdown in the epidemic: About 80
Source: UNICEF

 

29th November, 2018
Decline in Australia's platypus population since European settlement: Up to 30 per cent
Source: UNSW Centre for Ecosystem Science

 

28th November, 2018
Number of verified children casualties - killed or maimed - in the Syrian civil war: At least 7,000
Source: UN

 

27th November, 2018
Number of Australian public servants who say they witnessed corrupt behaviour in a single year: 4,395
Source: Australian Public Service Commission via ABC

 

26th November, 2018
Percentage of people living with HIV, globally, who were aware of their status in 2017: 75 per cent (up from 66 per cent in 2015)
Source: UNAIDS

 

23rd November, 2018
Proportion of young women in the UK who have a mental illness: Almost one in four (23.9 per cent)
Source: NHS

 

22nd November, 2018
Number of children aged under five who have died from extreme hunger in Yemen since 2015: Estimated 85,000
Source: Save the Children

 

21st November, 2018
Weight of plastic waste found in the stomach of a dead whale washed ashore on Indonesia: Six kilograms (including 115 cups, four bottles, 25 bags and footwear)
Source: BBC

 

20th November, 2018
Percentage of human trafficking victims worldwide who are female: 71 per cent
Source: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

 

19th November, 2018
Number of people still missing following wildfires in the US state of California - the worst in the state's history (as of 18th November): Almost 1,300 (with 79 confirmed deaths)
Source: ABCNews

 

16th November, 2018
Number of people in sub-Saharan Africa who die each year due to substandard or fake anti-malarial drugs: Between 64,000 and 158,000
Source: Reuters

 

15th November, 2018
Temperature reached by scientists at China's Institute of Plasma Physics in developing an artificial sun: 100 million degrees Celsius
Source: ABC

 

14th November, 2018
Current death toll from Californian wildfires, the worst in the state's history: 42 (and expected to rise)
Source: New York Times

 

13th November, 2018
Proportion of Americans who met Federal Government's new physical health guidelines: Less than one in three
Source: USAToday

 

12th November, 2018
Amount of time it took Chinese internet giant Alibaba to hit $US1 billion in sales after opening on it's annual 'Singles Day': 85 seconds
Source: BBC

 

9th November, 2018
Number of mass shooting events in US this year: 307
Source: Gun Violence Archive

 

8th November, 2018
Profits amassed by international crime gangs in conflict zones: $31.5 billion
Source: Tuesday Reitano, Deputy Director of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, in an address to the UN Security Council.

 

7th November, 2018
Number of accounts suspended by Twitter in the fight against terrorism in the past 20 months: More than 1.2 million
Source: Via ABC

 

6th November, 2018
Globally, number of people killed in tsunamis, 1998-2017: More than 250,000
Source: UNISDR

 

5th November, 2018
Increase in number of Australians aged over 65 years: From 14 per cent in 2011 to 16 per cent in 2016
Source: ABS

 

2nd November, 2018
Percentage of people in Armenia and Latvia who say being a Christian is at least "somewhat important" to their national identity: 82 per cent/11 per cent
Source: Pew Research Center

 

1st November, 2018
Number of children remaining on Nauru as part of Australia's offshore immigration detention program: 40 (down from 52 last week)
Source: Australian Government sources quoted on the ABC

 

31st October, 2018
Number of people migrating to cities around the world every week: About 1.4 million
Source: UN

 

30th October, 2018
Decline in global wildlife populations over the past 40 years: 60 per cent
Source: WWF

 

29th October, 2018
Size of a new fund for water infrastructure and drought-related projects proposed by the Australian Government: $A3.9 billion
Source: Prime Minister Scott Morrison

 

26th October, 2018
Proportion of major peace treaty mediators between 1990 and 2017 who were women: Two per cent
Source: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

 

25th October, 2018
Estimated cost to economies of the Ebola outbreak that ravaged parts of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia in West Africa in 2014 and killed at least 11,000 people: $US53 billion
Source: Study quoted on Reuters

 

24th October, 2018
Number of children aged under five who died every day of "extreme hunger and disease" in Yemen last year: 130 (almost 50,000 across the year)
Source: UNOCHA

 

23rd October, 2018
Length of the world's longest bridge which connects Hong Kong to Macau and mainland China (and opens this week): 55 kilometres
Source: SBS

 

22nd October, 2018
Percentage of Australian mortgage holders who are experiencing "mortgage stress": 20.8 per cent (About 949,000)
Source: Roy Morgan

 

19th October, 2018
Death toll in Florida, US, after Hurricane Michael struck the state's "panhandle" last week: At least 20
Source: TIME

 

18th October, 2018
Amount by which the world population is expected to grow by 2050: 2.2 billion
Source: UNFPA

 

17th October, 2018
Number of children aged under five who are chronically malnourished around the world: About 155 million (23 per cent)
Source: UN

 

16th October, 2018
Price achieved by a 73-year-old bottle of Romanee-Conti Burgundy at an auction in New York (the highest price ever paid for a bottle of wine): $US558,000
Source: CNBC

 

15th October, 2018
Percentage of sub-Saharan Africans who see the increasing use of the internet as having a "good influence" on education: 79 per cent
Source: Pew Research Center

 

12th October, 2018
Size of Syria's wheat crop this year (the lowest in three decades, thanks to war and drought): 1.2 million tonnes (compared with a pre-war average of 4.1 million tonnes a year)
Source: FAO

 

11th October, 2018
Range of the world's longest non-stop commercial flight, which takes off from Singapore and heads to New York, on Thursday: More than 15,000 kilometres (in just under 19 hours)
Source: BBC

 

10th October, 2018
Number of people who are undernourished in North Korea: More than 10 million (almost 40 per cent of the population)
Source: WFP

 

9th October, 2018
Number of postal outlets located worldwide: More than 600,000
Source: Universal Postal Union

 

8th October, 2018
Number of civilians killed and injured in Afghanistan between 1st January and 30th September this year whose death was caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDs): 3634
Source: UNAMA

 

5th October, 2018
Number of international NGOs reportedly being expelled from Pakistan: 18
Source: Reuters

 

4th October, 2018
Median percentage of people in 25 nations who said they had "no confidence" in US President Donald Trump: 70 per cent
Source: Pew

 

3rd October, 2018
Percentage of items that we purchase that are thrown away within six months: 99 per cent
Source: UN-Habitat

 

2nd October, 2018
Number of people who have fled Venezula since 2015: Almost two million
Source: UNHCR

 

1st October, 2018
Number of people in South Sudan now facing "crisis levels of hunger": More than six million
Source: FAO

 

28th September, 2018
Proportion of the world's deaths which are due to preventable chronic illnesses each year: About 70 per cent (41 million people)
Source: WHO

 

27th September, 2018
Number of nuclear weapons, worldwide: About 14,500
Source: UN

 

26th September, 2018
Number of Syrians who have returned from Lebanon so far this year: 50,000
Source: Reuters

 

25th September, 2018
Number of elections for jobs ranging from city councillor to MP Canadian John Turmel has contested since 1979: 95 times (he's now contesting his 96th election)
Source: The Guardian

 

24th September, 2018
Number of people, globally who died from alcohol abuse in 2016: About three million (one in 20 deaths worldwide)
Source: WHO

 

21st September, 2018
Proportion of world's out-of-school youth who live in conflict and disaster zones: About a third
Source: UNICEF

 

20th September, 2018
Rise in cocaine production in Colombia in 2017 to record levels: About 31 per cent to almost 1,400 tonnes
Source: UNODC

 

19th September, 2018
Drop in US refugee intake in 2019: From a cap of 45,000 in 2018 to 30,000 in 2019
Source: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

 

18th September, 2018
Rate at which a child under 15 died somewhere in the world from preventable causes in 2017: One every five seconds
Source: UN report

 

17th September, 2018
Number of children found to be living in poverty in UK: 4.5 million
Source: Social Metrics Commission

 

14th September, 2018
Amount Amazon head Jeff Bezos is reportedly putting into a charitable fund he's established to help the homeless and set up a network of schools: $US2 billion
Source: BBC

 

13th September, 2018
Number of new cancer cases expected worldwide this year: More than 18 million
Source: IARC

 

12th September, 2018
Proportion of Australians who say they have been sexually harassed at some point in their lifetimes: 71 per cent
Source: Australian Human Rights Commission

 

11th September, 2018
Ordered to evaucate from coastal communities in South Carolina and Virginia as Hurricane Florence bears down on the coast: More than a million people.

 

10th September, 2018
Amount Australians lost gambling in 2015-16: Almost $24 billion
Source: Queensland Government data

 

7th September, 2018
Proportion of US adults who use Facebook who say they have taken a break from the service for several weeks or more in the past year: 42 per cent
Source: Pew Research Center

 

6th September, 2018
Proportion of adults worldwide who are physically inactive: 28 per cent (1.4 billion people)
Source: WHO

 

5th September, 2018
Amount which China has said it will spend in Africa in investment, aid and loans over the next three years: $US60 billion
Source: The Guardian

 

4th September, 2018
Proportion of Australian women who said they had been diagnosed by a doctor of psychologist with anxiety or depression: 46 per cent
Source: Women's Health Survey by Jean Hailes for Women's Health.

 

3rd September, 2018
Number of asylum seekers and migrants living in shelters on the Greek island of Lesvos which were built to accommodate 2,000 people: More than 7,000
Source: UNHCR

 

31st August, 2018
Official interest rates in Argentina after they were raised in a measure to help restore confidence in the country's plunging currency: 60 per cent
Source: FT

 

30th August, 2018
Proportion of Australians who smoked in 2014-15 compared with 2001: 14.5 per cent/22.4 per cent
Source: ABS

 

29th August, 2018
Rise in Puerto Rico's official death toll from Hurricane Maria which struck the US island territory in September, 2017: From 64 to 2,975
Source: BBC

 

28th August, 2018
Number of Australians dying every month in accidental drug overdoses: A record 142
Source: The Penington Institute

 

27th August, 2018
Amount of time during his presidency US President Donald Trump has spent at Trump properties: A third
Source: Newsweek report

 

24th August, 2018
Percentage of Americans who believe US President Donald Trump has definitely set a "high moral standard for the presidency": 27 per cent
Source: Pew Research Center

 

23rd August, 2018
Estimated number of people who could die from tobacco-related diseases this century: Up to a billion
Source: WHO/UNDP report

 

22nd August, 2018
Number of fake pages, groups and accounts deleted by Facebook with ties to Russia and Iran for attempting to exert political influence in the US, UK, Middle East and Latin America: 652
Source: Facebook

 

21st August, 2018
Number of people infected with measles in Europe in first half of 2018 (a record high): More than 41,000
Source: WHO

 

20th August, 2018
Cost to Australia's public and private hospitals of patient complications: At least $5 billion a year
Source: The Grattan Institute

 

17th August, 2018
Number of displaced people living in sub-Saharan nations in 2017 who forced to leave their homes due to conflict: 18.4 million (up from 14.1 million in 2016)
Source: UNHCR via Pew Research

 

16th August, 2018
Number of news organisations which are set to publis editorials on 16th August, 2018, pushing back against US President Donald Trump's attacks on the media and defending freedom of the press: Almost 350
Source: The Guardian

 

15th August, 2018
Number of so-called Islamic State fighters who remained in Iraq and Syria: 20,000 to 30,000
Source: UN report

 

14th August, 2018
Drop in the value of the Turkish lira (compared to the US dollar) so far this year: 45 per cent
Source: The Guardian

 

13th August, 2018
The closest the Parker Solar Probe will be from the Sun during its seven year mission (the closest any man-made object will have yet been): 3.8 million miles
Source: NASA

 

10th August, 2018
Revised death toll from Hurricane Maria which struck Puerto Rico in September last year: More than 1,400 (up from the initial toll of 64; some experts have claimed more than 4,600 deaths occurred).
Source: BBC

 

9th August, 2018
Proportion of the world's population who belong to Indigenous people groups/proportion of world's poorest people who are Indigenous: Five per cent/15 per cent
Source: UN

 

8th August, 2018
Size of the Mendocino Complex fire which has ravaged northern California in the US: 117,639 hectares (making it the biggest in the state's history)
Source: Via BBC

 

7th August, 2018
Expected population of Australia at about 11pm on 7th August: 25,000,000
Source: ABS

 

6th August, 2018
Amount of a new Australian Government package to help farmers who are facing severe drought in eastern Australia: $140 million

 

3rd August, 2018
Market value of tech company Apple on the US stock market: More than $US1 trillion (the first publicly-listed company in the US to pass this mark).

 

2nd August, 2018
How often the average Briton checks their mobile phone: Every 12 minutes
Source: Ofcom study (via The Guardian)

 

1st August, 2018
Number of asylum claims lodged by Nicaraguans in Costa Rica since April: Almost 8,000 (with an additional 15,000 being given appointments for later registration)
Source: UNHCR

 

31st July, 2018
Amount of time Australian men and women spend on housework each week: 13.3 hours/20.4 hours
Source: The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey.

 

30th July, 2018
Proportion of people killed, worldwide, in selfie-related incidents who died by drowning: 42 per cent 
Source: Study in Journal Agent

 

27th July, 2018
Drop in market value of Facebook shares in the US on 26th July, 2018: $US120 billion (down 19 per cent)
Source: BBC

 

26th July, 2018
Number of new biosphere reserves around the world designated by UNESCO on 25th July: 24
Source: UNESCO

 

25th July, 2018
Highest ever temperature recorded in Japan: 41.1 degrees Celcius (105.98F) - recorded on 21st July.
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency via CNN

 

24th July, 2018
Increase in homicides in Mexico in the first half of 2018: Up 16 per cent to 15,973
Source: Mexican Government via The Guardian

 

23rd July, 2018
Percentage of Americans who say the Senate should confirm the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court: 41 per cent
Source: Pew Research

 

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
Source: AUSTRAC

 

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