The best of last week’s big and small data visualizations
Welcome back to the 40th 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 war in Ukraine and the French presidential election.
Last Sunday was the first round of the French presidential election. There were maps:
Several papers, including Le Monde, Libération, and the Süddeutsche Zeitung, used cartograms or other methods to show the number of voters in each region:
Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen will advance to the second vote on April 24, in a rematch of the 2017 election. Although voter turnout was down, both candidates improved their first-round results this year:
While on the other hand, France’s historical ruling parties suffered a total collapse:
The surprise of the night was Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who overperformed his polls to finish with 22% of the vote:
In a tight second round, Mélenchon’s voters could be decisive — though they’re divided on which candidate to support:
In Ukraine, meanwhile, evidence of Russian atrocities against civilians continues to grow:
After Ukrainian forces pushed back Russian advances in the north, fighting has reconcentrated in the east of the country. Maps of the military situation are shown in chronological order:
More than 11 million Ukrainians have been displaced from their homes:
And the disruption to Ukrainian agriculture and shipping has roiled global food markets:
Meanwhile, the European Union can’t quit Russian energy imports:
And even as ordinary Russians are enduring a political and informational crackdown, public opinion surveys show support for Putin at a four-year high:
In COVID news, several deadly outbreaks in Asia are tearing through cities that had previously avoided the worst of the pandemic:
And we’re still uncovering the unequal effects of COVID — even as some parts of the economy return to pre-pandemic normal:
Environmental charts this week had a water theme, with melting ice at the poles and dammed rivers in California:
Other topics included partisanship towards the U.S. Supreme Court, class attitudes in the U.K., and the dynamics of rent in Madrid:
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