BY JASON DON FORSYTHE

Need some global statistics to emphasize a point you’re trying to make in an ecology or civics lesson plan? Trying to drive home the point in a health-related lesson about the spread of disease or the scope of our ever-growing obesity epidemic? Then check out Worldometers, a real-time online ticker that tracks statistics ranging from food consumption, to energy use, to how much people spend on video games.

The page is simple and sweet, nothing but statistics updated every second. Some of those statistics are a bit shocking in their size and how fast they grow — the global number of emails sent goes up by about a million a second! While it might be hard to formulate a classroom activity around the site, it certainly can open some student’s eyes as to how quickly things happen or are consumed on a global scale.

Worldometers

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