I won’t go as far as the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof, who said that “2017 was the best year in human history,” but I’m all about celebrating these items from Future Crunch’s 99 reasons 2017 was a great year:
- Cancer deaths have dropped by 25% in the United States since 1991, saving more than 2 million lives.
- Premature deaths for the world’s four biggest non-communicable diseases—cardiovascular, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory—have declined by 16% since 2000.
- Global deaths from tuberculosis have fallen by 37% since 2000, saving an estimated 53 million lives.
- Nearly 1.2 billion people around the world have gained access to electricity in the last 16 years.
- The United States’ official poverty rate reached 12.7%, the lowest level since the end of the global financial crisis. And the child-poverty rate reached an all time low, dropping to 15.6%.
- The cost of solar plants in the United States dropped by 30% in one year.
- Solar energy is now responsible for one in every 50 new jobs created in the United States, and the clean energy sector is growing at 12 times the rate of the rest of the economy (24.5% since November 2015).
- JP Morgan Chase said it will source 100% of its energy from renewables by 2020 and will facilitate $200 billion in clean financing through 2025.
- Between 1990 and 2016, Europe cut its carbon emissions by 23% while the economy grew by 53%.
- The gender pay gap in the United States has narrowed from 36% in 1980 to 17% today. For young women the gap is now 10%.
As Kristof said, when people scream about all the things going wrong, “let’s not miss what’s going right.”