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 a wide range of topics and important facts about the world we live in, with graphic representations of numbers and striking photos to accompany startling facts.
Trade
Just five countries control over a third of the world bank: U.S., Japan, Germany, France and U.K.

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Environment
The top 20 carbon-emitting countries: China, U.S., Russia, India, and Japan round out the top five.

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Environment
Some 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.

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

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

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War
Between June 2007 and June 2009 IED explosions in Iraq decreased by 90%.

Before that they were responsible for 50% of combat deaths.

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War
From 2007 to 2008, civilian casualties in the war in Afghanistan increased by 40 percent, making 2008 the deadliest year since the Taliban were removed from power in 2001.

55 percent of those were attributed to anti-government forces, 39 percent to pro-government forces and the remaining 6 percent could not be attributed to either.

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Illicit Drugs
80% of inmates in some U.K. prisons test positive for opiates on reception.

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