Data Vis Dispatch, April 2

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

Welcome back to the 136th 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 abortion, saving islands, and a container ship destroying a bridge:

On March 26, the Francis Scott Key Bridge over the Patapsco River in Baltimore collapsed after a container ship struck one of its piers. We found several maps and satellite image visualizations of this event:

The Washington Post: Baltimore Key Bridge collapsed in under 40 seconds, video shows, March 26
The Straits Times: Baltimore bridge collapse: What we know so far, March 27
USA Today: After ship hits Baltimore bridge, mapping how the collapse unfolded, March 28
The Washington Post: See how the Key Bridge collapse will disrupt the supply of cars, coal and tofu, March 27

Presumably, this event has led to other visualizations about ships:

The Wall Street Journal: Ships Have Become Supersized Since Baltimore Bridge Was Built, March 31
The Press and Journal: In numbers: Tracking the reliability of CalMac’s ageing Western Isles ferries, March 27

Let’s shift our focus from a single event to long-term conflicts. This week’s visualizations on Gaza focused on the aid deficit and hunger:

The Washington Post: Visualizing Gaza’s aid shortage as ‘man-made’ famine looms, March 28
The Washington Post: “Israel’s war in Gaza has shattered the foundations of daily life. Months of bombardment have destroyed the enclave and killed over 31,000 people, including 13,000 children.,” (Tweet, Article)

The U.S. veto of the UN Security Council resolution calling for a cease-fire in Gaza prompted Le Monde reporters to look at U.S. vetoes in the Council over time:

Le Monde: En infographie : les vetos américains à l’ONU, un levier en faveur d’Israël, March 30

2,000 km north of Gaza, drone strikes and the grinding out of small territorial gains characterize the war activities between Russia and Ukraine:

Reuters: How drone combat in Ukraine is changing warfare, March 26
Financial Times: Military briefing: Ukraine digs deep as Russians advance, March 28

Protests are part of our political landscape around the world, including Russia. Here’s how they are changing:

Rest of World: The changing face of protest, March 27 Smooth Interactivity

Our next cluster is about humans trying to stop nature — or poison it:

Zeit Online: Wie Deutschlands Inseln vor dem Untergang bewahrt werden, March 30
The Guardian: England’s sewage crisis: how polluted is your local river and which regions are worst hit?, March 28

This week’s energy visualizations examine the increasing share of solar power in the EU and the increasing share of oil in the U.S.:

Financial Times: EU hits roadblocks in reaching green milestone as elections loom, March 28
Reuters: Biden’s oil boom, March 28

Abortion rights and child pregnancy tell a sad story about the oppression of women:

The Wall Street Journal: How Telehealth Widens Access to the Abortion Pill, March 27
Folha de S.Paulo: Gravidez precoce no Norte do Brasil tem índice comparável ao da África subsaariana, March 28

As Folha de S.Paulo shows, women are also much more likely to be stalked than men. Further in the cluster of crime, we have prison sentences in the U.S., kidnappings in Nigeria, and deadly police chases:

Folha de S.Paulo: A cada hora, 9 mulheres denunciam crime de stalking no Brasil, March 30
The Wall Street Journal: FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried Sentenced to 25 Years, March 28
José Luengo-Cabrera: “Visual collaboration with @julesdhl using @ACLEDINFO data on abductions in Nigeria,” March 30 (Tweet)
The Detroit News: Police pursuits kill more than a dozen Michiganians a year. What can change?, March 27

What better way to show a rapid rise than with a line chart? Another week where we pay tribute to this simple but effective chart type:

Axios: Cocoa prices flirt with $10K as Easter looms, March 27
The Straits Times: Doomsday, aliens and censors: Three-Body Problem propels China’s sci-fi scene, March 30
The Courier: Tarzan, Banksy, Frenchie, and Pasty: The full list of Scottish baby names used in 2023 revealed, March 28

Let’s close this week with two beautiful visualizations from Bloomberg about medical treatment in Canada and global interest rates. Oh, and one about the solar eclipse — again:

Bloomberg: Housing Crisis, Packed Hospitals and Food Lines: Even in Canada?, March 28
Bloomberg: The Great Rates Descent Will Be Nasty, Brutish and Long, March 27
The Wall Street Journal: Where to Find a Cloud-Free Eclipse Viewing Spot, March 30

What else we found interesting

SBS News: 고기 대신에 곤충이 미래 식량? 그 거부감 넘을 수 있을까, March 28
Knowing Machines: Models All The Way Down, March 27

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