" />
Building a world of
resilient communities.

MAIN LIST

 

The Billion Dollar-o-Gram 2009

The Billion Dollar O Gram 2009


More about this image

All the data and more billion dollar amounts: http://bit.ly/bndollar

A little context

This image arose out of frustration with media reporting of billion dollar amounts. That is, that they’re meaningless without context. But they’re continually reported as self-evident facts. 500 billion for this war. 50 billion for this pipeline. Literally mind-boggling amounts of money.

So here we’ve scraped reported figures from The New York Times, The Guardian, and other news outlets and visualized them as a treemap (?). So you can see in one place figures that would otherwise be scattered across multiple news reports.

(**Sorry it’s taken me so long to update this image from the original version. I’ve revised and updated all the figures. Sourced some new numbers. And researched new ideas suggested by visitors. Thanks all!**)


Design: David McCandless | Research: David McCandless, Matthew Sawh, Caroline Flyn, James Key, Pearl-Doughty White.

Sources: NYTimes, The Guardian, CNN, MSNBC and other media reports. Data: http://bit.ly/bndollar


All content [on original website "Information is Beautiful"] Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial David McCandless 2009 (unless otherwise stated) | Contact

Editorial Notes: Note how all the numbers are dwarfed by the "Worldwide cost of financial crisis" ($11,900 billion) in the beige box at the bottom of the image. Note also the cost of war (in purple). Recommended by John at Atrios's blog Eschaton. -BA

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

Sign up for regular Resilience bulletins direct to your email.

Take action!  

Find out more about Community Resilience. See our COMMUNITIES page
Start your own projects. See our RESOURCES page.
Help build resilience. DONATE NOW.

 

This is a community site and the discussion is moderated. The rules in brief: no personal abuse and no climate denial. Complete Guidelines.


The Path Ahead from Paris

We need to work together to create a “biosphere smart” economy

The Physics of Energy and the Economy

I approach the subject of the physics of energy and the economy with some …

The Climate and the Commons

The Paris agreement that ensued from the COP-21 summit states that …

Cake, Anyone?

For people of wealth and conscience, impact investing offers a compelling …

How Impact Investing is Saving Nicaragua's Coffee Industry

About half of coffee producers—mostly family farmers—live below …

A Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) for Ireland

A Financial Transaction Tax levies a (small to miniscule) percentage tax on …

Hottest Year Ever Recorded + Collapsing Oil Prices = Broken Fossil Fuel Economy

Two overlapping news stories in the past few weeks must focus our attention …