From 1982 to 2002:
- World infant mortality per 1000 live births dropped from 86.7 to 52.4
- Calories of food per capita in poor countries went from 2382 to 2740
- Percentage of households with access to safe water supplies went from 60.7% to 80.9% -- more households now have safe water than the total number of households in 1982, I should imagine
- Literacy rate in poor and middle income countries went from 64.7% to 78%
- World life expectancy went from 56.8 years to 63.8 years, despite the impact of AIDS
Apparently, the world is not going to hell in a handbasket, but rather in the other direction.