Jul 13, 2018
Stat: The ocean generates $2.5 trillion of
economic benefits around the world each year.
Story: Fisheries, tourism, and shipping are some of the ways we quantify the monetary value of the ocean—but it also drives weather patterns and provides more than 1 billion people with their primary source of protein. As the...
Jun 29, 2018
Stat: The flag that inspired our national anthem has 15 stars and stripes.
Story: It flew over Fort McHenry in the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812. And after the fight, it was what Francis Scott Key was looking for when he asked, “Oh say does that star-spangled banner yet wave.” It was, and it continues...
Jun 15, 2018
Stat: Antarctica is home to more than 9,000
species found nowhere else on Earth.
Story: They include Adélie and emperor penguins that depend on the nutrient-rich waters that surround the continent. In 2016, 24 countries and the European Union created the world’s largest marine protected area—encompassing 1.9...
Jun 8, 2018
Stat: The penguin population in Punta Tombo,
Argentina, has declined by 43 percent since 1987.
Story: Not all of those birds are dying: Many are relocating to areas with more prey—a move aided by their ability to swim 170 kilometers a day—and 200,000 breeding pairs remain in Punta Tombo. But expert Dee Boersma,...
Jun 1, 2018
Stat: By midcentury, there will be 2 billion elderly people in the world—and 2 billion young
Story: For the first time there will be as many of each group —and together they’ll account for more than 40 percent of the world’s population. This will have deep implications for the labor supply, family structures and...