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Population Growth 2010-2050

See how the population of the Tropics will change during the first half of the 21st century – based on median estimates of births, mortality and life expectancy.

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Children in the Tropics

Children under 15  in the Tropics are set to make up more than 67% of the world total by 2050. Interact with this graphic to see in more detail where those children will live.

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Gross Domestic Product per capita

Explore the extraordinary progress that tropical regions have made in growing income per person. The growth is still fairly uneven and tropical income is still much less than the rest of the world.

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Life Expectancy

Life expectancy has improved across the world, however tropical nations have shown the most progress, starting from a lower baseline.

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Extreme Poverty

The ratio of people who live on less than $1.25 per day has shown improvement but many places have a long way to go – find out more here.

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Millions of people throughout the Tropics do not have access to adequate food and water -see which region is most at risk here.

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City living in the Tropics

More people are living in cities than ever before and moving to cities at a rapid rate – see what is happening in the Tropics…

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Slums of the Tropics

Slum can be an unfortunate side affect of urbanisation and slum populations in the Tropics have been growing. A much great proportion of people live in slums in the Tropics than the rest of the world.

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Health in the Tropics

This visualisation explores a number of critical health issues in the Tropics including: life expectancy, maternal mortality, child mortality, obesity, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

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Education and Literacy Rates

Adult Literacy, Youth Literacy, Mean Years of Schooling, Gender Equality

Education is an essential indicator of human capital and a universal human right.

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Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Despite accounting for around 40% of the global human population, the Tropics only contributes 15% of current greenhouse gas emissions.

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Forests of the Tropics

As populations increase, demand for more agricultural land is rising.

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Protected Areas in the Tropics

Protected areas are the backbone of biodiversity conservation and environmental protection efforts worldwide.

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Tropical Oceans

Wild marine catch, aquaculture production, coral reefs and mangroves

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