A country’s economic worth can be measured in more ways than just its GDP and national debt. It is also important to consider the economic potential that lies in the harvesting of the natural resources within its borders. This map shows the top producing countries of each resource, or the proved reserves in the case of oil and natural gas. Each circle represents the percentage of the world’s total that the country produced in the last two years. Though some of the resources are renewable and some are not, it is interesting to see which parts of the world are rich in resources that are essential to our way of life, and to consider what this map might look like 10 or 100 years from now.
The New Auto Industry Breakdown
It’s been a rocky road for the Big 3 automakers as they’ve struggled for survival and relevance in a down economy. In the biggest auto industry shakeup in 30 years, existing companies have been re-organized, torn apart, or sold off, resulting a complete reshaping of the auto industry landscape. Whether through government handouts or good old American ingenuity and entrepreneurship, GM, Ford, and Chrysler are revitalized and ready to deliver the exciting and environmentally friendly automobiles that consumers crave. But unlike the 70s, when American automotive manufacturers faced a threat from the Far East, today that threat comes not only from that part of the world but from newer more nimble competitors such as Tesla, right here in their own backyard. Our infographic breaks it down.