The Earth Index

Cost Of Living

Eardex is a free web portal providing an overview on the cost of living in all towns and cities, regions and countries of the world. For this purpose, the database collects and shows the local prices of more than 40 specific products. Eardex is the perfect source of information for backpackers, tourists, business travelers, expats and globetrotters of all kinds.

(Source: PreSurfer)


All Newspapers Of The World On A Single Page

When news breaks in some part of the world, you are often curious to know what the local newspapers of that country have to say on that event. The question is how do you find all the good news outlets of that region?

Enter Newspaper Map, a comprehensive catalogue of all the prominent newspapers of the world arranged on a Google Map. You can zoom-in to any region of the map, or use the search feature, to see the names all of the major newspapers that are published from a particular region.

More info on Newspaper Map.

(Source: PreSurfer)

#World #Population #Growth #Infographic

Just how much is the world’s population expected to grow over the next 40 years? Here’s a look at how the massive population growth over the past 60 years has impacted the world we live in and what to expect as the world population continues to grow.

Population Growth

(Source: PreSurfer)

A #Rough #Guide To The #World showcases our beautiful #planet and #IE9 #hardware acceleration

This one’s mainly for Internet Explorer 9 users: When you first load the Rough Guides‘ A Rough Guide To The World, you find yourself staring at a map — it’s divided into many many tiny little squares, and each one has a spinner.

After a short while, the spinners start disappearing, replaced by tiny thumbnails. Click on a thumbnail, and get a beautiful Creative-Commons photo of that location, courtesy of Flickr. You will often get much more than one photo — sometimes even thousands. The tool includes a nice way of browsing them all, in a sort of internal gallery.

The initial thumbnails are tiny, so you can zoom in on whatever part of the globe you find interesting. But there’s a more interesting way to get a closer look: a loupe that you can drag around to look at the map. There’s a beautiful effect showing the thumbnails enlarged through the loupe (they’re kind of distorted), but more importantly, the loupe lets you filter the thumbnails: You can filter by “experience type” (think “Eating”, “Shopping”, “Festivals”), see all places included as “Experiences” (which contain a bit more detail), or show everything. There’s also an option to show a “Rough Guides Map” but it’s not very clear – I couldn’t figure out exactly what this does.

The whole thing is HTML5 and feels incredibly slick. It’s a promotional piece both for IE9 and the Rough Guides series, but it does work on other browsers — and I wish all marketing would be this beautiful and useful.

here is a short video tour.

(Source: Dowload Squad)

50 wealthiest people in the world.

A graphic presentation of the 50 wealthiest people in the world.
50 Weathiest People in The World