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The decade in numbers: a snapshot of what has changed from 2000 to 2010

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1 | A DISAPPEARING ICE CAP

Arctic sea ice melted perceptibly, continuing a long-term decline in the thickness of ice at the top of our planet. Scientists say a smaller ice cap will reflect less sunlight, leading to warmer global temperatures.

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2000

2.7* MILLION SQ. MI.

*1979-2000 LONG-TERM AVERAGE

2010

1.9 MILLION SQ. MI.

2 | WEDDINGS FOR ALL

The Netherlands became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage; Argentina was the first to do so in Latin America.

2000

0 COUNTRIES

2010

10 COUNTRIES

Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina (all dark blue on map)

3 | COLLEGE COSTS CLIMB IN THE U.S.

The average student debt for four-year bachelor's degrees at public and private colleges steadily rose, with more students applying for financial aid.

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1999-2000

$16,928

2008-09

$24,000

4 | THE U.S. DEFENSE BUDGET

Military expenditure by the U.S. currently amounts to more than the world's 20 next highest national defense budgets combined.

2001

$316 BILLION

($13 billion to Afghanistan)

2010

$693 BILLION

($102 billion to Afghanistan and $61 billion to Iraq)

5 | REBEL FACTION ON THE WANE

The current numbers of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia--a Marxist guerrilla group founded in the 1960s and financed largely by the illegal drug trade--are about half what they once were.

2001 16 THOUSAND

2010 8 THOUSAND

6 | BRAZIL'S PER CAPITA GDP

Under the stewardship of outgoing President Lula da Silva, Brazil's once debt-ridden economy became one of the emerging world's most robust. Some 20 million people have been lifted out of poverty since 2003.

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$3,700 2000

$8,536 2008

7 | PRISON POPULATION

The U.S. imprisons more people than any other country. More than 1 in 100 adults are behind bars, which cost the country $52 billion in 2008.

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2000 1,391,261

2010 1,612,071

=100,000 prisoners

8 | MATERNAL MORTALITY IN ETHIOPIA

The number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in Ethiopia decreased, reflecting a global trend.

2000 750

2008 470

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