Global data shows 2017 is shaping as the best year ever

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Amid mass shootings, super storms and talk of nuclear conflict, here’s some good news.

Barring a global catastrophe, 2017 is shaping as best year ever for the world’s average person.

That doesn’t mean everyone is better off, of course, but the positive trend in international wellbeing data since 2000 is striking.

Global life expectancy at birth sums it up pretty well.

Pelleto 1a Dyson LLLLIt rose by 5 years between 2000 and 2015 to 71.4 years, the fastest increase since the 1960s.

That big improvement reverses the decline in the 1990s, when life expectancy fell in Africa because of the AIDS epidemic, and in Eastern Europe following the collapse of the…

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