Building outpaces population growth in many of China’s urban areas
With so much new infrastructure, 62% of urban areas in China with populations over 100,000 have become less crowded — even as most gained in total population.
Where the world sees limits to free speech
In principle, most people around the world support freedom of expression. But there is a fine line between general support for freedom of speech and support for specific forms of expression.
In nations with significant Muslim populations, much disdain for ISIS
Most people in the countries we surveyed – including 11 countries with significant Muslim populations – had negative views of the Islamic State extremist group as of spring.
In China, 1980 marked a generational turning point
The roughly 47% of the population today who were born under the one-child policy lived through a very different China than those born before.
The U.S. isn’t the only nation with big partisan divides on climate change
Australia, Canada, Germany and the UK are among the other countries where there are partisan clashes on climate change issues.
The most – and least – energy-intensive nations
The U.S. Virgin Islands is the most “energy intensive” place on Earth — meaning it uses the most energy per unit of GDP — while gambling hub Macau is one of the least.
Measuring the ‘good’ life around the world
What makes a good life? Usually this question is in the domain of priests, philosophers and metaphysicians, but the OECD sought to find the answers with data.
What Canada’s new government might mean for U.S. relations
On some key issues, like the Keystone XL pipeline and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), supporters of Canada’s Liberal Party are less supportive than their Conservative Party predecessors.
More than any other foreign language, European youths learn English
The European Union is awash with languages, but European students study one foreign language far more than any other.
Refugee surge brings youth to an aging Europe
Hundreds of thousands of mostly young refugees are fleeing into Europe, where most countries have rapidly aging (and sometimes shrinking) populations.