This Map Helps Explain China’s Pollution Problem

July 10, 2014

Population Density China

China is home to one-fifth of the world’s population, as well as one of the starkest divides between the rural and urban. As evidenced by this map, when split roughly in half, 94% of people live in the more urbane cities in the east, while a much smaller percentage of people (6%) lives in the west. Such high numbers in cities can go a long way in explaining the issues the country faces when it comes to pollution.

The True Size Of Australia

July 4, 2014

True Size Of Australia

For most people, Australia is simply out of sight and out of mind. But when you compare the nearly three-million square mile country to other regions–like this GIF does–it’s a lot harder to ignore.

A Jarring Glimpse At The World’s Prison Populations

June 16, 2014

Prison Population Per 1000

While the United States comprises only 5% of the world’s population, it holds 25% of the world’s prisoners within its borders. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the US prison population has risen an incredible 700%, rendering the country the world’s largest jailer. At present, one in every 99 adults in the US is locked up — the highest rate of imprisonment in US history. What’s primarily at root? The failed “War on Drugs” and mandatory minimum sentences.

How British People See Each US State

June 12, 2014
How British People See Each US State

Source: BuzzFeed

Staff at BuzzFeed’s UK offices were asked to describe each state in the grand US of A. Here’s what they said. We’re sure you have more to offer than light inbreeding and hillbillies, West Virginia.

Countries With Fewer People Than New York And Tokyo

June 2, 2014

Countries With Less Population Than Tokyo

Tokyo

Countries Less Population New York

New York City

With pedestrian traffic so massive that it could make an agoraphobic break out in hives, the cities of New York and Tokyo (ringing in at 8.3 and 13.2 million people, respectively) dwarf entire countries in terms of population alone.

Bars Versus Grocery Stores In The United States

May 19, 2014

Bars Versus Grocery Stores US Map

Jeeze, Illinois. You’re thirsty.