Infographics

China’s food scandal – graphic of the day

Chinese regulators shut a meat supplier in Shanghai, a unit of U.S.-based OSI Group, following a TV report that showed workers picking up meat from a factory floor, as well as mixing meat beyond its expiration date with fresh meat. Today’s graphic shows a timeline of food safety incidents in China as well as a snapshot of OSI Group.

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Carbon policy setback – graphic of the day

The demise of Australia’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), which would have started in 2015 and linked with the world’s biggest market in Europe, and the possibility that New Zealand’s ETS will be scrapped after a September election, are major setbacks to linking the world’s ETS markets and setting a global price on polluting carbon. Today’s graphic compares carbon pricing schemes and shows how different countries have put a price on carbon.

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Soil degradation – graphic of the day

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization uses the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) numerical indicator to measure land degradation. NDVI analyzes remote sensing measurements to assess the amount of live green vegetation. According to the FAO, growth in crop production globally is expected to come from higher yields, increased cropping intensity, and land expansion. Today’s graphic tracks soil degradation over the last 20 years and projects crop yield out to 2050.

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BRICS’ development bank – graphic of the day

Leaders of the BRICS emerging market nations launched a development bank and a currency reserve pool in their first concrete steps toward reshaping the Western-dominated international financial system. Today’s graphic breaks down the initial contributions by each country. Make sure to check out yesterday’s graphic which compared the BRICS economies to the United States.

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BRICS economies – graphic of the day

The leaders of the BRICS economies are expected to sign a deal that creates a $100 billion bank and a reserves fund to challenge Western dominance over global finance. Today’s graphic shows the GDP, current account balance and exports for the five BRICS economies, compared to the United States.

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Ten most populous cities – graphic of the day

Tokyo will remain the world’s largest city by 2030 despite the projected decline in the city’s population, according to a U.N. report on urbanization trends. More than half of the world’s seven billion people live in urban areas. Today’s graphic lists the ten most populous cities in the world and their projected populations in 2030.

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U.S. chicken production and prices – graphic of the day

The world’s largest chicken breeder has discovered that a key breed of rooster has a genetic issue that is reducing its fertility, adding to problems limiting U.S. poultry production and increasing prices at a time when beef and pork prices are already at record highs. Today’s graphic shows U.S. chicken production and consumer price growth since 2004.

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Win, lose or draw – graphic of the day

Yesterday, Brazil suffered its largest ever defeat in the World Cup after Germany beat the host nation 7 to 1. Today’s graphic shows how the four semifinalists (Brazil, Germany, Argentina, & the Netherlands) have fared over the years.

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Indonesia’s agriculture – graphic of the day

Indonesia’s two presidential candidates have pledged to increase the amount of farm land to boost self sufficiency. The country’s agro-food imports have more than quadrupled in a decade to about $18.4 billion in 2013. And unless it lifts output of soybeans, corn, sugar and rice, Indonesia will have to rely on imports from places such as Australia, the U.S., Brazil and Thailand. Today’s graphic looks at Indonesia’s agricultural production and imports since 1998.

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Sharing the waters of the Nile – graphic of the day

The river basin of the Nile, one of the longest rivers in the world, cuts through 11 countries and flows through almost 6,500 km of rainforest, savannah, mountain and desert before emptying into the Mediterranean Sea. Today’s graphic shows a map of the Nile and how its waters are shared amongst countries.

Nile River

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