Criticism adds up over Oxfam inequality claim
Eight men own as much as the world’s poorest 3.6 billion people, according to anti-poverty charity Oxfam. Free trade advocates have hit back at the charity’s maths. Are the claims valid?
‘I am not just a number. None of us are’
This week, Nujeen Mustafa publishes a book about her journey from Syria. She asks us to think of refugees as people, not statistics. Meanwhile, UN politicians are doing the exact opposite.
Richest 62 ‘as wealthy as half the world’
Oxfam has caused a stir with its claim that the world’s 62 richest people own as much wealth as its poorest 3.6 billion. But is that number accurate? And does it matter if it is?
Scientists ‘find’ over two trillion new trees
There are likely to be eight times more trees in the world than we previously thought, according to a new study. When they can be so wrong, should we trust in the statistics we read?
Discovering the world’s favourite numbers
A maths expert wants to find out about our favourite numbers. What's yours? Why? And what do the answers reveal about individuals and even national cultures?