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Economic Development

Trade-Offs

Good News

Bad News

Global life expectancy doubled since 1950

Life expectancy 11 years less in developing countries than in developed countries

Food production ahead of population growth since 1978

Harmful environmental effects of agriculture may limit future food production

Infant mortality cut in half since 1955

Air and water pollution down in most developed countries since 1970

Number of people living in poverty dropped 6% since 1990

Infant mortality rate in developing countries over 8 times higher than in developed countries

Air and water pollution levels in most developing countries too high

Half of world’s people trying to live on less than $3 (U.S.) per day

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