Energy 13 February 2013 The United Nations doesn't understand Venn diagrams The UN has been making "venn diagrams". Oh dear. Print HTML Forget Mitt Romney, the United Nations needs to go back to school to learn about Venn Diagrams. Business Insider — with the headline "This Is The Most Useless, Baffling Chart In Obama's State Of The Union" — highlights this chart, cited by the White House to support the President's claims on renewable energy: I… what? As Dan Davies points out, the only way that chart makes any sense as a Venn diagram is if it's showing that around $10bn of renewable investment in China and the US is the same money. Which seems unlikely. Anyway, it seems like a waste of time to remake our lovely primer on Venn diagrams, but for the chart-makers at the UN, here's an example of a real Venn diagram: › Will TV debates bring Kenya peace? Photograph: Getty Images Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter. From only £1 per week Subscribe More Related articles Moonshots for the Earth: are there technological fixes for climate change? How “cli-fi” novels humanise the science of climate change Does the UK care enough about climate change to admit it is part of the problem?