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


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