Ukraine has reportedly recaptured nearly 10,000 square kilometres of territory that had been occupied by Russia. We ask where the numbers come from, what they mean and why everyone is comparing them to the size of Greater London. We ask how much money Norway is making out of the current energy crisis. Also why is the pound so weak against the dollar, some odd claims about women and exercise and does it really take 20,000 uses for an organic cotton bag to become more environmentally friendly than a plastic bag? Presenter: Tim Harford Series producer: Jon Bithrey Reporters: Charlotte McDonald, …
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How bad is fashion for the environment? Sept. 17, 2022
Does fashion really account for 10% of greenhouse gas emissions?
How much will the UK government’s plan to limit energy price rises end up costing?
Is a third of Pakistan really under water? Sept. 10, 2022
We investigate a widely reported claim as Pakistan deals with devastating flooding
The scale of the disaster is huge, but is a third of Pakistan really under water?
Can we use maths to beat the robots? Sept. 3, 2022
Why improving how we teach and think about maths could help us keep an edge over machines
Is there an easy way to cut soaring energy bills?
Kenya’s Election Rounding Error Aug. 27, 2022
Official figures didn’t add up - but due to rounding, not fraud.
The numbers behind “natural” birth control Aug. 20, 2022
We examine online claims about the effectiveness of “natural” birth control methods
Is opinion polling broken? Aug. 13, 2022
Following some high profile slip-ups in recent US elections, is opinion polling broken?
Debunking the Liverpool FC Conspiracy Theory Aug. 6, 2022
We debunk spurious rumours that Liverpool FC use asthma medication to enhance performance
How our world measures up July 30, 2022
From ancient tally bones to a jar of peanut butter, a look at the history of measurement
We examine the rules and tech of false starts after the disqualification of Devon Allen.
Is Uganda about to become a middle income country? July 16, 2022
We assess President Museveni’s claim that Uganda is nearing a higher economic status.
The numbers behind water use and denim production
In the wake of the historic overturning of Roe vs Wade, we look at the statistics.
How accurately are official figures picking up the new covid wave?
Ed Sheeran and the mathematics of musical coincidences June 25, 2022
Ed Sheeran thinks that musical coincidences will always happen… but do the numbers agree?
Rail strikes, tyre pollution and sex statistics June 22, 2022
Do rail workers really earn £13,000 a year more than nurses?
How often do people have sex? June 18, 2022
Looking at sex and statistics in Japan and America.