Data Vis Dispatch, April 11

The best of last week’s big and small data visualizations

Welcome back to the 89th edition of Data Vis Dispatch! Every week, we’ll be publishing a collection of the best small and large data visualizations we find, especially from news organizations — to celebrate data journalism, data visualization, simple charts, elaborate maps, and their creators.

Recurring topics this week include the aftermath of a pandemic, gender pay gaps, and dwindling LGBTQ rights.

Following the Easter weekend, let’s first look at two charts: an early bloom in Korea and falling church attendance in the U.S., which has not recovered since the COVID pandemic.

SBS 데이터저널리즘팀 마부작침: “올해의 벚꽃은 유난히 빨리 피고 진 듯합니다. 이는 1922년부터 2023년까지 기상청 서울 관측소의 봄꽃 개화 시기를 나타낸 이 그래프를 통해서도 확인할 수 있습니다. 올해 벚꽃 개화 시점은 3월 25일로, 전체 평균 수치보다 2주 빨랐습니다,” April 6 (Tweet)
The Wall Street Journal: Churches Gather Diminished Flocks for Fourth Easter Since Covid, April 7

In the U.K., travel (by all means of transport) has nearly reached pre-pandemic levels.

The Economist: Britons should brace for more travel chaos, April 6

And the roads of all 50 states of the U.S. are now dominated by trucks that have taken over cars in the past few years. It’s considered bad news for safety as well as climate.

The Washington Post: The real reason trucks have taken over U.S. roadways, April 7

The world has also largely returned to fossil fuels, with hundreds of new oil and gas projects approved.

The New York Times: It’s Not Just Willow: Oil and Gas Projects Are Back in a Big Way, April 6

Meanwhile, the effects of climate change continue to be felt in the form of extreme weather.

The Washington Post: The science behind California’s extremely wet winter, in maps, April 7

Some good news: the south of Turkey boasts strong potential for solar power generation.

Ember: The south can unlock Türkiye’s solar ambitions, April 5

And Europe decreased its energy consumption this winter, partly thanks to mild temperatures and partly due to high energy costs caused by the war in Ukraine.

The Economist: Europe drastically cut its energy consumption this winter, April 5
The New York Times: How Russia’s Offensive Ran Aground, April 6
USA Today: Finland joins NATO: What NATO will gain if Sweden membership follows: 5 Graphics, April 4

Global trade is expected to lag this year due to the Ukraine war and inflation.

The Wall Street Journal: Ukraine War and Inflation to Limit Global Trade Growth in 2023, WTO Says, April 5
Neue Zürcher Zeitung: Diese fünf Lebensmittel zeigen das Ausmass der Inflation in Deutschland, April 8

Finance and insurance companies reported the largest gender pay gap in the U.K.

Bloomberg: Women in Finance See Double the Wage Disparity Compared to UK Average, April 5
The Financial Times: Nearly 80% of UK employers pay men more than women, April 5

And Uganda and the U.S. passed bills targeting LGBTQ rights.

Reuters: Uganda’s anti-gay bill is the latest and worst to target LGBTQ Africans, April 7
CNN: Record number of anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced this year, April 6
The Financial Times: Record-high demands for book bans, April 9

Although more Americans now take parental leave, other social programs introduced during the pandemic have ended.

The Wall Street Journal: More Workers Take Parental Leave as States, Employers Expand Eligibility, April 8
The New York Times: The U.S. Built a European-Style Welfare State. It’s Largely Over, April 6

Other notable charts this week covered the tweets of Brazil’s president Lula, the effects of AI on productivity, and the importance of a good night’s sleep.

Folha de S.Paulo: Lula destaca temas sociais na internet em 100 dias e engaja menos do que Bolsonaro, April 10
The Wall Street Journal: The Robots Have Finally Come for My Job, April 5
Reuters: Journey into sleep, April 8

What else we found interesting

The Wall Street Journal: Beyond Asthma: Designing Inhaled Drugs to Fight More Diseases, April 9

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