Infographics of the Day: The Little Book of Shocking Global Facts

A new book of astounding charts and stats.

From population and environment to arms trade and war, the data visualized in The Little Book of Shocking Global Facts—designed by Jonathan Barnbrook and his studio, Barnbrook Design—covers some of the most astounding facts about the world we live in, with graphic representations of data and striking photos to accompany startling statistics. Here are some of those shocking facts:

Up top, 80% of inmates in some U.K. prisons test positive for opiates on reception.

Below, just five countries control over a third of the World Bank: U.S., Japan, Germany, France, and the U.K.:

China, U.S., Russia, India, and Japan round out the top five carbon-emitting countries. This graphic shows the rest of the top 20.

A couple of the effects of global warming: Small glaciers in the Andes will disappear, threatening the water supplies of up to 50 million people. Between 40 and 60 million more people will be exposed to malaria in Africa alone.

848 million people in the world are malnourished, while 1,600 million are overweight.

Between 1998 and 2007 global military spending increased by 45%.

Between June 2007 and June 2009 IED explosions in Iraq decreased by 90%. Before that they were responsible for 50% of combat deaths.

From 2007 to 2008, civilian casualties in the war in Afghanistan increased by 40%, making 2008 the deadliest year since the Taliban were removed from power in 2001. 55% of those were attributed to anti-government forces, 39% to pro-government forces and the remaining 6% could not be attributed to either.

To buy the book, click here. At $10, it's a steal.

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  • Boris Müller

    i don't know why you guys are so up in arms about this.

    the point of the book is to be shocking (read the cover) and that's what it does.

    by insulting the design you are missing the point, the book has won and you are discussing it. i personally think this design is brilliant and can co-exits alongside Dr. Tufte's canon of work and the like.

  • Ken Shubick

    It appears that Socialists in the 1930's had much better designers than they do now. Let no font go unused!

  • Tim Letscher

    Fast Company usually points to infographics but this post is little more than pages of facts that are overly designed. Infographics should enlighten us, taking obscure data and making sense of it. The facts presented here could be just as astounding if they were set in Helvetica on a white page. Edward Tufte would tear this chartoonery a new one.