Despite what you may think, the world is improving

In some ways, at least. Our old friend Hans Rosling (previous Contrarian appearances hereherehere, and here) brings us up to date, and highlights the amazing recent prograss in (parts of) Ethiopia:

Rosling’s Gapminder data visualization software now has some tools you can download to your own computer.

Visual data: 200 countries over 200 years

Our old friend Hans Rosling, the Swedish public health statistician whose Gapminder software brings demographic trends vividly to life (previous menions here and here), is back with a new BBC video tracking the health and wealth of nations over two centuries:

If you’d like to drill down into the data and watch a particular country’s progress or compare two or three countries, the Gapminder file on which this video is based will let you do that. You can also download the software to your own desktop. Amazing stuff, and should give pause to those who are certain the world is going to hell in a handbasket.

Is anyone plugging Canadian data into these tools?

H/T: Roland McCaffrey.