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The Little Book of Shocking Eco Facts
Amanda Reed, 12 Aug 10


The publishers of "The Little Book of Shocking Global Facts" is releasing a successor this fall: "The Little Book of Shocking Eco Facts." The book is by Mark Crundwell and Cameron Dunn, with illustrations by Barnbrook Design. Much like its predecessor the book will be filled with striking illustrations and 'shocking' facts about our rainforests, wetlands, seas, and more. The intention of the book is to build awareness about threats to the natural world, in an effort to inspire people to "help avert the needless destruction of our shared and beautiful world."

As a very visually oriented person with a great curiosity for 'eco' facts and figures (but alas, not much of a memory for them), I'm a sucker for infographics and cool illustrations paired with data and compiled into a portable volume...and I thought other Worldchanging readers out there might be too.

Here's a preview of some of the contents from the book courtesy of Fast Company:


In the mountain forests of the Colombian Andes, 1/3 of bird species have gone extinct in the last 80 years. (via Fast Company)


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. (via Fast Company)


Singapore is a microcosm of ecological collapse: Since it was first colonized, it has lost 99.8 percent of its forest cover, and 26 percent of its natural species. (via Fast Company)


Light bulbs account for 25 percent of all the electricity we use; 75 percent of that could be saved by switching from incandescent bulbs to CFLs. (via Fast Company)


Methane concentration in the atmosphere has gone up by 148 percent since 1750, and methane, as a greenhouse gas, has been shown to be 21 times more harmful carbon dioxide. (via Fast Company)


11 of the 18 species of penguin are suffering population declines; seven are classified as vulnerable; and four are endangered. (via Fast Company)


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. (via Fast Company)

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