The Penguin State of the World Atlas: Ninth Edition


The completely up-to-date edition of a comprehensive overview of the elements that define our world

Now in its ninth edition, the widely praised Penguin State of the World Atlas remains an accessible, unique visual survey of current events and global trends. Completely revised and updated, this distinctive atlas presents the latest statistics on communications and information technology, international trade, globalization of work, aging and new health risks, food and water, ...

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The completely up-to-date edition of a comprehensive overview of the elements that define our world

Now in its ninth edition, the widely praised Penguin State of the World Atlas remains an accessible, unique visual survey of current events and global trends. Completely revised and updated, this distinctive atlas presents the latest statistics on communications and information technology, international trade, globalization of work, aging and new health risks, food and water, energy resources and consumption, global warming and biodiversity, literacy, gender equality, wars and peacekeeping, and more. Fascinating, troubling, and surprising, this is one atlas no student of the world should be without.

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The most engrossing atlas you're likely to read for a while. Thought the United States had the highest rate of obesity? Nope, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have us beat. Wonder what type of cancer affects women the most? Breast and cervical, in every country except for Mongolia, Vanuatu, and Vietnam. Without exaggeration, every page is a work is to be studied and pondered. Now in its ninth edition, the work's new topics include mental health, living with disease, waste, and cyber warfare, among others. Maps are divided into seven parts: Who We Are, Wealth & Poverty, War & Peace, Rights & Respect, Health of the People, Health of the Planet, and Vital Statistics. Crammed with ready reference information, this is a book you'll want this at your fingertips. VERDICT For this price, buy for your circulating and reference sections. A winner!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143122654
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2012
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 157,044
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Smith is Secretary General of International Alert, based in London, and former Director of the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO). In 2007-2011 he was Chairman of the UN Peacebuilding Fund Advisory Group. In 2002 he was awarded an OBE. He is also author of The Atlas of War and Peace and The State of the Middle East.

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Table of Contents

About the author 8

Introduction 9

The problem with maps 16

Acknowledgements 17

Part 1 Who We Are 18

The States of the World: Most states are relatively recent creations 20

Population: Global population continues to grow but the rate of increase is slowing 22

Life Expectancy: Average life expectancy is higher than ever before and rising 24

Ethnicity and Diversity: People divided by ethnic difference live side by side in peace more often than they fight 26

Religious Beliefs: Difference within religions are often as intense as differences between them 28

Literacy & Education: More teachers are needed if the trend towards greater school enrolment is to continue 30

Urbanization: For the first time in history, most people live in cities 32

Diversity of Cities: Cities reflect the diversity of the world 34

Part 2 Wealth & Poverty 36

Income: Economic growth continues to outpace the growth in world population 38

Inequality: While 2.6 billion people live in poverty, there are more billionaires than ever 40

Quality of Life: Rich countries inevitably offer a high quality of life 42

Transnationals: The revenues of the largest corporations outstrip those of many countries 44

Banks: Despite everything, bankers continue to reap huge financial rewards 46

Corruption: Corruption is pervasive, some countries run on it 48

DEBT: Debt has soared but not everybody, everywhere is equally in debt 50

Tourism: Tourism is predicted to rise, bringing much-needed income to many smaller economies 52

Goals for Development: Development progress is real but patchy 54

Part 3 War & Peace 56

Wars in the 21st Century: This is an era of growing peace, despite the wars that persist 58

Warlords, Ganglords, & Militias: Armed conflicts fought between non-state armed forces are proliferating 60

Military Muscle: Despite the global economic crisis, military spending remains buoyant 62

The New Front Line: Warfare has evolved and is now entering cyber space 64

Casualities of War: Data on war deaths are incomplete and contentious 66

Refugees: 30 million people are refugees from war and repression 68

Peacekeeping: After a period of rapid increase, the number of peacekeeping missions has started to decline 70

Global Peacefulness: Understanding what makes societies peaceful is a significant step towards the world becoming more peaceful 72

Part 4 Rights & Respect 74

Political Systems: The global trend is for more countries to become democratic 76

Religious Rights: Almost a quarter of the world's states have formal links to a religion 78

Human Rights: In some countries the greatest menace citizens face comes from the state 80

Children's Rights: Although respect for children's rights is increasing, millions still stuffer terrible abuse 82

Women's Rights: Thought gender equality is advancing, women worldwide remain financially and politically disadvantaged 84

Gay Rights: Gay people experience varying degrees of acceptance from fellow citizens and authorities 86

Part 5 Health of the People 88

Malnutrition: Many of the world's poor suffer from diets deficient in calories and/or vital nutrients 90

Obesity: Many of the world's rich suffer from diets deficient in nutrients, but over-packed with unnecessary calories 92

Smoking: Between a third and a half of smokers die from tobacco-related diseases 94

Cancer: As countries become more prosperous, and their lifestyles and diets are changing, their cancer rate is rising 96

HIV/AIDS: Education and treatment are beginning to slow the rate of new HIV/AIDS infections and deaths 98

Mental Health: Poor countries lack the resources needed to treat mental and behavioural disorders 100

Living with Disease: Years of healthy life are lost to disease and disability 102

Part 6 Health of the Planet 104

Warning Signs: Things are changing in the natural world-and not many of the changes are to the good 106

Biodiversity: Efforts to slow the loss of species of animals and plants have not been successful so far 108

Water Resources: By 2025, two-thirds of the world population will have an inadequate supply of water 110

Waste: Waste, especially plastic waste, is a serious global problem on both land and sea 112

Energy Use: World energy use is increasing, especially in the most rapidly developing economies 114

Climate Change: The build-up of carbon emissions has reached a critical point 116

Planetary Boundaries: There are limits beyond which human impact on the Earth's balanced ecosystems will have as yet unknown consequences 118

Part 7 Vital Statistics 120

World Tables 122

Notes & Sources 138

Index 143

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