2013 in numbers
As the world bids 2013 goodbye and welcomes 2014, the numbers that stacked up during the last 12 months tell the story of 2013 from the number of births and deaths, total forest loss and CO2 emission, to the total number of books published and even the number of obese people.
Real time world statistics website, Worldometers.info, as of the morning of Dec. 31, 2013 (Philippine time) puts the world’s population at 7.2 billion and counting. The number of 2013 births were estimated at 139 million while total deaths were about 57.3 million.
According to The State of Food Insecurity in the World – FAO, there were 895 million undernourished people in 2013. In contrast, a 2013 report by the World Health Organization (WHO) said there were 1.6 billion overweight people in the world and among them, 528 million are considered obese.
At least 11 million people worldwide died of hunger in 2013 according to Hunger Stats report by the United Nations World Food Program, WHO and United Nations Childrens Fund (Unicef).
Governments and economies around the world reportedly spent $3.7 trillion in public health care, according to WHO, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB).
Public education expenditure for 2013 worldwide reached $3.3 trillion as measured by the Human Development Report 2013 of the United Nations, with supporting data from Unesco and WB.
Global military expenditures reached $1.7 trillion, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
The year 2013 saw the production of 67.6 million cars according to Car Production Statistics of the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, the Global Auto Report of ScotiaBank and the Light Vehicle Production Forecasts by IHS.
Bicycles produced in 2013 reached 139.3 million units, based on Worldwatch Institute Data and statistics from Bicycle Retailer and Industry News.
As for computers, industry research groups IDC and Gartner reported about 303 million units produced in 2013.
How many books did you read in 2013? According to Bowker Book Industry Statistics and the UNESCO, 2.5 million books were published this year.
And who said newspapers are dead? Based on World Press Trends-World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), 184 billion copies of newspapers circulated around the world in 2013.
Around the world in 2013, people bought 239 million television sets and 1.8 billion cellular phones, according to Display Search and IDC, respectively.
Several industry and government thinktanks estimate the total number of Internet users in the world at 2.8 billion. This number of people made possible the following remarkable 2013 statistics:
• 67 trillion emails were sent
• 199 billion tweets sent
• 1.3 trillion Google searches
• 1.2 billion blogs written
As most videogames are also online, the 2.8 billion Internet users also probably contributed much to the $66 billion spending on videogames for 2013.
Meanwhile, environmental groups noted the loss of 5.1 million hectares of forest and 7 million hectares of land due to soil erosion in 2013. These happened as desertification increased to 12 million hectares in 2013.
The United Nations Environment Program and other environment groups also noted total CO2 emissions and toxic chemicals released in the environment in 2013 to be at 34.5 billion tons, and 10 million tons, respectively.
Other data shared by Worldometers.info related to energy were as follows:
155,568,451 Energy used today (MWh), of which:
126,009,760 – from non-renewable sources (MWh)
29,558,691 – from renewable sources (MWh)
1,161,518,203,178 Solar energy striking Earth today (MWh)
33,292,059 Oil pumped today (barrels)
1,224,969,231,913 Oil left (barrels)
14,583 Days to the end of oil (~40 years)
1,140,169,990,762 Gas left (boe)
60,009 Days to the end of gas
4,384,186,894,982 Coal left (boe)
151,179 Days to the end of coal
Good health in 2014 is probably the best wish one can give anyone, considering that 2013 health figures were not exactly encouraging. WHO and other health agencies around the world compiled the following causes of deaths for 2013:
12,958,753 Communicable disease deaths
7,587,608 Deaths of children under 5
343,174 Deaths of mothers during birth
35,918,306 HIV/AIDS infected people
1,678,090 Deaths caused by HIV/AIDS
8,198,395 Deaths caused by cancer
979,148 Deaths caused by malaria
4,990,190 Deaths caused by smoking
2,496,669 Deaths caused by alcohol
1,347,509 Road traffic accident fatalities this year
As for vices, the world smoked last year 5.5 trillion cigarettes, or an average of more than 7 million sticks a day. The world also spent more or less $400 billion on illegal drugs in 2013.