Something I learned from Factfulness - a book everyone should read - that I’ve extended to some other things.
Always beware of numbers that are alone.
China emits more CO2 than any other country.
Chicago has more murders than any other city.
Jim gives more to charities than anyone else in town.
CO2 emissions per person? (The U.S. is more than double China)
How many murders for that given population? (Chicago isn’t on the top 20 for U.S. Cities)
What percent does Jim give away? (Jim is a multi-millionaire)
Remember the poor widow who gave her last coin? See that’s a small number (1) that goes with another number (0) and it changes the whole story.