Bauxite is the world’s primary source of aluminium. Almost all metallic aluminium is produced from the ore bauxite. Bauxite occurs as a weathering product of low iron and silica bedrock in the tropics. So where can we find the most important countries by bauxite production?
Rice (Oryza Sativa) is the most widely consumed type of food in Asia. After corn, it is the grain with the second-highest worldwide production. But what are the most important countries by rice production? Here’s a top 10 rice producing countries!
Where would Heinz be without the tomato? Tomatoes are among the most popular vegetables in the world. The tomato originated in Mexico and was planted almost everywhere after the Spanish took the tomato to Europe and the Philippines. Nowadays, Mexico is listed 11th on the list of countries by tomato production.
Without any doubt, the number one alcoholic beverage in the world is beer. Ancient civilizations already appreciated the beverage, and more specific, its effects. Medieval monks knew everything about beer production. Today, beer is consumed and produced in almost any country in the world. So which are the top 10 beer producing countries by volume?
The current world population will increase by 1 billion in the next 12 years, according to a study conducted by the United Nations. A total of a projected 8,2 billion people will inhabit the world by 2025. The majority of the world population will live in a city. So what are the fastest growing cities?
Cotton is the most widely used natural fiber in clothing today. It’s been cultivated in both the Old and the New World for thousands of years. Mexico, India, Pakistan (Indus Valley Civilization), China all were and still are notable cotton producing countries.
Modern cities that thrive economically well are all confronted with a big problem: limited space. That’s why the prices of the available land to build on rise and rise. In order to use the space as efficient as possible, skyscrapers are built. So how many skyscrapers can you spot in the following cities? Here’s a top 10 cities by number of skyscrapers.
Coal is the world’s largest source of energy for the production of electricity. It’s also relatively cheap. It accounts for 40% of the generation of electricity in the United States. Coal is also the largest source of carbon dioxide release. Many (growing) economies rely on the countries that produce coal. So here’s a top 10 countries by coal production!
Hydropower is the most widely used form of renewable energy. It soon accounts for approximately 20% of global electricity generation and it is expected to grow to 40% in the next 25 years. Hydropower is a flexible source of energy. It’s cost efficient and sustainable as power plants can easily function for more than 50 years.
According to some estimations the total number of cars in the world exceeds one billion. Mainly because of the fast economic growth in China and India. And although local car manufacturers like Tata (India) or Dongfeng (China) increase production to satisfy domestic needs, there’s still a hunger for the mainstream car brands. These brands belong to the largest car companies in the world.
China has a poor record when it comes to mining safety. A gas explosion in a coal mine in China recently killed 28 people. This accident doesn’t come near the worst mining disasters ever, but it is one of many mining accidents that take place in China. Official numbers are lacking, but it is estimated that thousands of mineworkers worldwide die in mining accidents each year. Approximately 80 percent of the casualties is Chinese.
The University of Bologna (Italy) is widely regarded as the oldest university in the world. It was founded in 1088 and now, almost 1,000 years later, around 100,000 students are studying one or more courses in its 23 faculties, making it one of the largest universities in Europe.
Steel is everywhere. The car you’re driving often has a body of steel, the building you’re working in contains reinforcing bars, the knife you use to cut meat, the world’s longest bridges, wrist watches, surgical equipment, domestic appliances, bolts, nails and so on. Steel plays a vital part in our lives. Economies heavily depend on steel as the steel industry is often considered an indicator of economic progress. So which countries are ranked high on steel production?
Shopping is one of the most popular pastimes worldwide. It’s also a very efficient way to spend as much money as you can in the shortest period of time. At least if you don’t like to spend your time on traveling between stores. That’s why some brilliant minds in the 1920’s have come up with the idea of a car friendly shopping mall.
It’s the time of the year that people start to make plans for their holiday. What will it be this year? Having some drinking fun in Cancun? Visiting le Louvre in Paris staying in some old hotel in Quartier Latin? Smoking weed in Amsterdam? Losing your wallet to a pickpocket on Barcelona’s Ramblas? Visiting South Africa to spot some wildlife? Of course there are many more popular tourist destinations.
One of the most popular fruits is the orange. Its flavour varies from rich to sour, depending on the variety and the location the orange is grown. There are about 80 varieties of oranges, the most notable being the Valencia. Oranges are the most cultivated tree fruits in the world. Orange trees are grown in subtropical and tropical climates. All orange producing countries combined produce approximately 70 million tons of oranges.
Garlic or Allium Sativum. This little bulb is a fundamental component of many culinary traditions and a major cause of bad breath. Its pungent taste mellows if cooked and adds flavour to meat, salades, fish and many more dishes. Garlic is easy to grow and there are several subspecies, some of which even have a protected geographical status. Moreover, garlic not only has culinary purposes, but is also said to be beneficial to health issues. Best known in Mediterranean dishes, so one would expect Spain, Italy or France as biggest producers of garlic. Our next list of garlic producing countries shows something else.