• Reading Levels 1 - 5
Maths | Science | History | Geography | Economics | Citizenship | Theory of knowledge | Computing

How did these charts change the world?

An attendee queueing to pass security wears a face mask with a graphic, created by University of Reading climate scientist Ed Hawkins, to represent global temperature rises, outside the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow on November 1, 2021 on the second day of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference. - More than 120 world leaders meet in Glasgow in a "last, best hope" to tackle the climate crisis and avert a looming global disaster. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Numbers alone often mean very little. But when we can see their effects, our understanding changes. Data visualisation helps us to understand what is happening in the world. This video from BBC Ideas explores five charts that changed history — from Florence Nightingale's 'Coxcomb' diagram to the warming stripes.

Continue Reading

The Day is an independent, online, subscription-based news publication for schools, focusing on the big global issues beneath the headlines. Our dedicated newsroom writes news, features, polls, quizzes, translations… activities to bring the wider world into the classroom. Through the news we help children and teachers develop the thinking, speaking and writing skills to build a better world. Our stories are a proven cross-curricular resource published at five different reading levels for ages 5 to 19. The Day has a loyal and growing membership in over 70 countries and its effectiveness is supported by case studies and teacher endorsements.

Start your free trial Already have an account? Log in / register