The world as it is

L’économie de la planète en quelques chiffres.

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8 seconds: the attention span of children in our high-performing societies with their constant demands—compared to 9 seconds for goldfish.

40% of French people get their news from social media.

64 000 m2: surface area of the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum designed by Jean Nouvel and opened this month.

90% of tropical flowers, at least, depend on animal pollination: birds, bats, small reptiles, insects, etc.

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Africa
Home sweet home

After pursuing their university studies on other continents, an increasing number of young Africans are now opting for careers in their home countries. Multiple initiatives have been developed to facilitate and make the most of these returning “repats”. In Senegal, for example, the Back to Galsen (B2G) network encourages young entrepreneurs to share their experiences and thus help others keen to set up businesses. Madjissem Beringaye, a Franco-Chadian entrepreneur, has adopted a similar approach with Living the African Dream. Launched in 2014, this Internet platform promotes business, presents projects and launches business incubators from Dakar to N’Djamena. Ideas abound in new technologies, energy transition (solar and wind energy) and support for local products, such as spirulina, a microalgae from the banks of Lake Chad that is used in cosmetics and dietary supplements. The world’s largest landmass has many resources to shareand fortunately, many good people with a will to do so.

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1.4 billion people work in agriculture—approximately onethird of the world’s labor force.

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5 years to the launch of the first commercial asteroid mining mission, initiated by the Luxembourg government, in cooperation with two North American companies.

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Détroit
Green shoots

With 4,000 buildings being demolished every year and a population that has more than halved over the last 50 years, the city of Detroit stood as a symbol of deindustrialization and growing poverty. But it could now be at the vanguard of urban renewal, the very embodiment of the resilient city dear to architects. Over the past few years, the process of reclaiming the city’s living space has included experimenting with an inclusive, community-based form of development, led by various NGOs such as The Greening of Detroit. In practical terms, reconnecting with the devastated habitat has involved creating 1,788 familyrun or community gardens, which are tended by some 15,000 volunteer gardeners. By growing crops on abandoned lots, the city now produces 200 tons of food per year. According to the NGO, using just 5 to 10 percent of the available vacant land would be enough to feed everyone. Like the city’s historic citizens—including Joe Louis, one of the world’s greatest heavyweight boxing champions, and Eminem, a veteran of rap battles—Detroit has no intention of staying on the ropes.

Source : University of Reading, Royaume-Uni.

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