Pakistan Does its Own Census
UNFPA Country Representative in Pakistan Ms. Ann Keeling and Chief Statistician, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) Asif Bajwa Tuesday signed a cooperation work plan to strengthen the Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping for the Pakistan Census.
The big news, however, is that the PBS is taking on the Census from the UN who implemented it for the last three years.
See the Spread of Democracy Over Time
Vox offers an animated map of Polity IV scores over time for the countries of the world. Polity IV is the most commonly accepted measure of democracy among political scientists
Countries are ranked on a scale of -10 to 10, with each score broadly representing whether a country has elections, how fair they are, and whether, once in office, leaders can govern like dictators. Anything that scores 6 or higher is a democracy, and shows up in blue on the map.
The animated map and some snapshots along the way tell quite a story.
California EPA Tosses Out ZIP Codes, Moves to Census Tracts to Track Pollution
The California Environmental Protection Agency has released a statewide list of census tracts most burdened by pollution, providing a first-of-its-kind ranking certain to pressure regulators to clean up neighborhoods with long-standing health risks.
Previous studies showed roughly the same patterns: that many disadvantages areas had a higher burden from pollution. But that previous work was built on ZIP Codes (1800) vs the new data build on census tracts (8000). The new tool, it's hoped, will better deliver state funds to improve health in the burdened areas.