The East Asia and Pacific region has emerged as a leader in the world reforestation effort due to significant increases in China, according to this year’s World Development Indicators report. While most countries in the region have lost forests since 1990, those losses have slowed since 2000. China and Vietnam are the only countries in the region that increased forest cover.
A subset of World Bank's World Development Indicator data is now available in Public Data Explorer, a project of Google Labs that provides visualization for several public data sets. The Data Explorer displays WDI data on several different types of graphs, as well as maps. Read more about the new Data Explorer at Inside the Web.
The World Bank DataFinder app for iPhone, which provides 50 years of indicator data in your pocket, is now available in the iTunes Store. The app takes advantage of the DataFinder APIs to chart and visualize indicator data, and makes it easy to share what you find with colleagues. Read more about the iPhone app at Inside the Web.