Matters of Scale - Some Encouraging Trends

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Number of countries that had abolished the death penalty by 1900
0
Number that had abolished it by 2000
66
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Number of countries that had voting rights for all adults, in 1900
0
Number that have full voting rights for all their adults now
190
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Percentage of people in Malaysia who lived in poverty in 1960
60
Percentage living in poverty now
14
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Child mortality per 1,000 live births in developing countries in 1980
168
Child mortality in those countries now
93
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Number of countries that had ratified the Convention on Rights of the Child by 1980
60
Number that had ratified it by 1999
191
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Agricultural production in Kenya's Machakos district in 1930
12 tons per square km
Production in that district, which increased through use of terracing and water conservation, in 1987
110 tons per square km
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Sources: Death penalty, universal adult suffrage, child mortality, and Convention on Rights of the Child: United Nations Development Programme, Human Development Report 2000; Machakos agriculture: World Resources Institute, World Resources 2000-2001.