The African cicada, Brevisana brevis, can crank out a sound level of 106.7 decibels – that’s louder than a chain saw or pneumatic drill. These and more records
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Religion (Islam) cannot be the reason why there are no Arab democracies. Perhaps the desert slows down the flow of enlightened ideas – and camels build a character of patience that autocrats are adept at exploiting.
The Index measures total impact of weather and climate; geology; geography on resources, services and human populations. Island nations are the most vulnerable; landlocked and sparsely populated ones, less so.