For anyone that loves personalized stats (I'm looking at you, Fitbit fans!), you can't go wrong with carving out a few minutes of your day for a quick glance at the BBC's "Your Life on Earth" interactive site.
Simply enter your birth date and some additional information and you'll receive more than 20 personalized visualizations covering a litany of interesting, bizarre and downright depressing data on how you and the world around you have changed over the course of your lifetime. Curious about how many heartbeats you've had compared to a blue whale? How much coastal redwoods have grown since your first breath? Or how about the distance tectonic plates have traveled? The BBC has you covered.
While the strange facts are fun, the data on how our planet and its species have fared over a brief lifetime is eye-opening and heartbreaking. In the 37 years I've been alive, CO2 emissions have risen from 18.7 gigatons per year to more than 35.6 gigatons, nearly a billion acres of forest cover has been lost worldwide, and sea levels have risen by more than 4 inches.
It's not all bad news, however; energy from renewable sources has increased 133 percent, the grey whale has been saved from extinction and is thriving, and the amount of beer per person has increased from 35 pints to 47 pints worldwide. So at the very least, we'll have more of it to drown our sorrows in as the world collapses around us.
Want to give it a shot? Hit up "Your Life on Earth" here.
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