Seems like there’s a whole lot of ‘bad news’ happening these days… and it also seems like everybody loves to dwell on it. But there are also some ‘good news stories’ out there. For example, since 1990, the number of people worldwide in extreme poverty, defined as living on less than $1.25 a day, has fallen from nearly 2 billion to about 1 billion, according to World Bank estimates. At the same time, major health advances have dramatically reduced child mortality and extended life expectancies worldwide. In the last 25 years, the number of children dying each year before their fifth birthday has declined from nearly 13 million to less than 6 million, a recent U.N. report showed. And though progress has lagged in some countries, two dozen developing nations, including Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Yemen, reduced mortality rates for young children by more than two-thirds. These stats come from the L.A. Times

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