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Infographics Exclusive: The Little Book of Shocking Eco Facts

A preview of the book, out this fall.

A couple weeks ago, we brought you a sneak peak at The Little Book of Shocking Global Facts, a slim but striking volume filled with illustrations of unbelievable facts.

This October, the publisher, Fiell, is releasing a successor: The Little Book of Shocking Eco Facts, by Mark Crundwell and Cameron Dunn, with illustrations by Barnbrook Design. We've got an exclusive preview of what the book will look like; here's a taste:

Up top: In the mountain forests of the Colombian Andes, 1/3 of bird species have gone extinct in the last 80 years.

Raw rain forest, if it's simply stripped and converted to pasture, is worth about $150 per hectare per year. But if it's used instead for sustainable uses, that figure rises to $1175:

Singapore is a microcosm of ecological collapse: Since it was first colonized, it has lost 99.8% of its forest cover, and 26% of its natural species:

Light bulbs account for 25% of all the electricity we use; 75% of that could be saved by switching from incandescent bulbs to CFLs:

Methane concentration in the atmosphere has gone up by 148% since 1750, and methane, as a greenhouse gas, has been shown to be 21 times more harmful carbon dioxide:

11 of the 18 species of penguin are suffering population declines; seven are classified as vulnerable; and four are endangered:

The ocean absorbs massive amounts of carbon dioxide from the air. As a result, since 1800, the ocean's pH has dropped to from 8.2 to 8.1--and the ocean's life is extraordinarily fine tuned to water acidity. If current trends continue, the ocean's pH will be 7.8 by 2070:

You can pre-order the book for just $10 from Amazon now.

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  • Tim Letscher

    I'd pose the same argument I did for the other post FC had for the Little Book of Shocking Global Facts - these are not infographics. Yes, they're graphic but they do little to illuminate us or aid in demonstrating relationships in the data. A perfect example is the light bulb illustration on this page. It's difficult to read and I can "get" the same information if I merely read the factoid set in 12 point Helvetica.

    This isn't information. As Edward Tufte would say, it's chartoonery.

    As I step down off the soapbox, I'll say that FC mostly has fantastic examples of information graphics but these are merely eye candy.