Hard Numbers

81.9: Do China’s proposed tariffs target Trump voters? Nearly 82 percent of the 2,783 counties most likely to lose jobs in a U.S.-China trade war voted for Trump over Clinton in the 2016 US presidential election, according to a report from the Brookings Institution.


40: Nearly 40 percent of Brazilians would now back a military coup in their country to fight crime and corruption, according to a recent study by Vanderbilt University. The country’s top general put Brazilians on edge this week with tweets about the highly polarizing court case involving Lula.

1: A new report from the World Bank finds that South Africa is the world’s most unequal country. The top 1 percent of South Africans own 70.9 percent of the nation’s wealth. The bottom 60 percent of South Africans collectively control just 7 percent.

4.5 billion: Biting the hand that subsidizes you? On Sunday, Hungary holds parliamentary elections. Prime Minister Viktor Orban has made harsh criticism of the EU and its rules a central part of his campaign. Yet, Hungary received 4.5 billion euros ($5.5 billion) from the EU budget in 2016 while contributing less than 1 billion euros ($1.23 billion).

33: In August 1966, just 33 percent of Americans reported a favorable opinion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Just 12 percent said their opinion was “highly favorable” with 44 percent saying it was “highly unfavorable.” His birthday has been a federal holiday since 1986, though it has been observed in all 50 states only since 2000.

Scientists, engineers and technologists are turning to nature in search of solutions to climate change. Biomimicry is now being applied in the energy sector, medicine, architecture, communications, transport and agriculture in a bid to make human life on this planet more sustainable and limit the impacts of global warming. New inventions have been inspired by humpback whales, kingfishers and mosquitoes.

Learn more at Eniday: Energy Is A Good Story

The drumbeat for regulating artificial intelligence (AI) is growing louder. Earlier this week, Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google's parent company, Alphabet, became the latest high-profile Silicon Valley figure to call for governments to put guardrails around technologies that use huge amounts of (sometimes personal) data to teach computers how to identify faces, make decisions about mortgage applications, and myriad other tasks that previously relied on human brainpower.

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January 27 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi extermination camp. But even as some 40 heads of state gathered in Jerusalem this week to commemorate the six million Jews who were killed, a recent Pew survey revealed that many American adults don't know basic facts about the ethnic cleansing of Europe's Jews during the Second World War. Fewer than half of those polled knew how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust, and close to a third didn't know when it actually happened. Here's a look at some of the numbers.

1: The Greek parliament has elected a woman president for the first time since the country's independence some 200 years ago. A political outsider, Katerina Sakellaropoulou is a high court judge with no known party affiliation. "Our country enters the third decade of the 21st century with more optimism," Greece's prime minister said.

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A quarantine in China– Local authorities have locked down the city of Wuhan, the source of the outbreak of a new and potentially deadly respiratory virus that, as of Thursday morning, had infected more than 540 people in at least six countries. Other nearby cities were also hit by travel restrictions. Rail and air traffic out of Wuhan has been halted. Public transportation is shut, and local officials are urging everyone to stay put unless they have a special need to travel. Wuhan is a city of 11 million people, many of whom were about to travel for the Chinese New Year. We're watching to see whether these extraordinary measures help stem the outbreak, but also to see how the people affected respond to the clampdown.

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