These charts show the world is better than ever - even if things seem apocalyptic
It's easy to think the world is ending when natural disasters are pummeling vulnerable islands
are threatening nuclear destruction.
But take a step back and you'll find a more encouraging picture of where the human race is headed - at least from a public health and quality of life perspective.
Across the board, in matters of mortality, hunger, disease, and more, life is getting better for billions of people.
Here is a sampling of that global progress.
Countries are abandoning child labor practices.
Food scarcities are disappearing.
Billions of people are gaining access to fresh produce.
Sanitation is steadily getting better.
Fewer kids are dying before their 5th birthday.
HIV deaths are falling precipitously.
Contraceptive use is higher than it's ever been.
The polio vaccine has nearly wiped out the disease worldwide.
Extreme poverty is slowly going extinct.