The Statistical Office of the European Commission (Eurostat) has a collection of publications called Pocketbooks. They offer a small scale set of basic figures on a variety of topics. Some of them are re-issued each year so that you can compare statistics over time. they are all available in electronic format, free of charge on their website.
Some of the recent titles are:
Energy, transport and environmental indicators, 2013
Pocketbook on Euro-Mediterranean statistics, 2013
Agriculture, forestry and fishery statistics, 2013
This interactive map, produced by the CBC's Nature of Things (their upcoming episode is about allergies), shows the top allergies among children under 18 around the world. They vary widely region to region and researchers wonder why.
(Source: CBC Docs)
- JBS Foods: their revenue in 2012 was more than the GDP of Zimbabwe, Barbados, Iceland and Mauritius combined
- Argentina has become a Soy Empire
- Camels and reindeer are key livestock in many countries
- It takes a small pool of water to create 4 steaks, which can have serious consequences to already water-stressed regions
- Animals are increasingly given more and more antibiotics
(Source: The Guardian)