Global poverty, health, and education are getting better. Climate change, extremism, and inequality are getting worse. The balance is positive—for now.
Is the world improving or deteriorating? Are people’s lives getting better or worse? Should we be optimistic or pessimistic about the future? No doubt, you can make a case either way. But according to a big new report about the state of the planet, there might be more positives than negatives. The world is mostly getting better, though, of course, we face many challenges.