Use Gapminder to Explore Environmental and Development Data

With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling uses an amazing new presentation tool, Gapminder, to debunk several myths about world development. Rosling is professor of international health at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, and founder of Gapminder, a nonprofit that brings vital global data to life.

This tool easily allows data to be visualized as either maps or scatterplots. On the scatterplots each point can be represented by a bubble that represents the population of the country or other indicators. This site allows a user to easily explore data showing some of the huge changes – in things such as urbanization, life expectancy and population – that have occurred over past decades.

Below is an example showing the relationship between urban population vs. CO2 emissions per capita.
Now there is Gapminder Desktop that lets you explore the world from your own computer, even when you have no Internet.



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