Have just about finished (first) drafting the (really heavy - but dont worry it's otherwise a very hopeful book :) first section of my new book. Here are a couple of graphs that really make you think about why is it that the news doesn't actually report what is happening in the world.
The first shows numbers of disasters annually over the last century, the growth mainly comes from weather related events.
On the natural disaster "reported" thing we obviously just dont see most of it. Here is a youtube video showing thedamage caused after a collapsing dam (after heavy rain) in Indonesia two weeks ago described locally as like another Tsunami. The BBC say it killed 'dozens'. Locally they say it killed 100 people - compared to for instance 275 in the Italian quakes. Full story via global voices online, which actually does report the real world news. It's all out there we just need to find ways to take it in.
The second graph shows that 97% of households globally earn less per day than the cover price of the book I am writing (in American $ buying power equivalent - so you have to imagine having that much money to pay for food shelter warmth etc in the USA - and did you actually know that when people say 'a dollar a day' as the extreme poverty level they mean the spending power a dollar a day would have in the USA, the local currency figure is MUCH lower? I didnt).