Interactive Country Comparisons on Electricity, Oil, and More Is An Eye Opener

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Last year during the oil spill, If It Were My Home showed us what the oil spill would look like if it were covering where we live. Superimposing the area of the oil spill over my home in San Francisco was a real eye opener for exactly how big it was. Sometimes changing the context of information is what's needed to get the point across. If It Were My Home is at it again with more information, comparing the UK to other countries across the world, and displaying what you'd be like if you lived there instead, from how much less electricity you'd use, to how much less oil you'd use, to how many kids you'd have. For instance, if you lived in El Salvador, you would...if it were my home image

You can drill down into each item of information to find out more about the numbers. For instance, drilling down into the infant death rate:

If El Salvador were your home instead of The United States you would...
have 3.4 times higher chance of dying in infancy

The number of deaths of infants under one year old in a given year per 1,000 live births in El Salvador is 20.97 while in The United States it is 6.14.

This entry gives the number of deaths of infants under one year old in a given year per 1,000 live births in the same year; included is the total death rate, and deaths by sex, male and female. This rate is often used as an indicator of the level of health in a country.
Source: CIA World Factbook

Or electricity consumption:

use 93.81% less electricity

The per capita consumption of electricity in El Salvador is 773kWh while in The United States it is 12,484kWh.

This entry consists of total electricity generated annually plus imports and minus exports, expressed in kilowatt-hours. The discrepancy between the amount of electricity generated and/or imported and the amount consumed and/or exported is accounted for as loss in transmission and distribution.
Source: CIA World Factbook

It shows how good we have it in some countries over others, and where some improvement could stand to be made -- and that includes in "developed" countries where waste is abundant. How much better could we get at conserving materials and resources, without lowering the quality of life? Comparisons like these on If It Were My Home just scratch the surface, but are helpful nonetheless.

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