Data Vis Dispatch, April 18

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

Welcome back to the 90th 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 wildlife, agriculture, and energy transitions.

Energy transitions were in the news this week, as Germany shuts down its last nuclear power plants and the U.S. plans for an electrified future:

Food and agriculture shared this week’s climate spotlight:

Bloomberg: Groundwater Gold Rush, April 11
The Economist: A different way to measure the climate impact of food, April 11

We also saw maps of animal habitats:

El Confidencial: Gansos del Nilo atacando a patos en Madrid: hay una nueva especie invasora conquistando España, April 15
National Geographic: Five ways elephants thrive, April 13

And, as spring arrives, a look back at a winter of abnormal snowfall:

The New York Times: Why the West Got Buried in Snow, While the East Got Little, April 12
The Wall Street Journal: California Braces for More Flooding When Record Snowpack Melts, April 15

Political themes included the timeline of America’s debt ceiling crisis and the geography of France’s pension protests:

Politico: Here’s when the debt-limit crisis gets increasingly risky, April 17
Le Monde: Réforme des retraites : les villes de l’Ouest, fers de lance du mouvement, April 13
The Washington Post: Anti-trans bills have doubled since 2022. Our map shows where states stand, April 17

Other charts covered everything from cotton production (in cotton thread!) to the changing economics of marriage:

Gauri Pradhan: “#Day5 | #30DayChartChallenge| Slope Topic: World’s Top 15 Cotton Lint Producers (2011-12 vs 2021-22) Source: ICAI Tools: Cotton cloth, thread, Figma, Camera, Snapseed. Theres something so calming about using analog mediums to visualize data,” April 11 (Tweet)
The Wall Street Journal: Determined to Flee China, Thousands Take a Long, Dangerous Route to the Southern U.S. Border, April 16
The Wall Street Journal: The Primary Breadwinner Is Disappearing From More Homes, April 13

What else we found interesting

Jason Forrest: “I’m delighted to share Clayton Whitehall’s 1955 “The Wild Flowers of Spring” map again! Isn’t it lovely?” April 14 (Tweet)
The Guardian: Mona Chalabi’s datablog: why America’s most popular flower ‘never goes out of style’, April 13

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