Understanding the dynamics and pressures can often help you to appreciate why you cannot trust statistical “facts” you find quoted in the papers.
As an example, consider the latest weather story about the appalling drought and heatwave that has engulfed the southern states of the US. Apparently it is the worst on record …
- here claims that “Today and Friday are expected to be hotter than any time since 1950”
- here claims “the worst in Texas history”