Data Vis Dispatch, April 4

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

Welcome back to the 88th 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 climate and China’s foreign influence.

After months of extreme weather, California expects to see a superbloom this spring, with hills covered in blooming flowers. Plus, air quality across the U.S. improved in 2022.

The Wall Street Journal: California’s Wet Winter Could Lead to First Superbloom in Years, April 3
The Financial Times: Climate graphic of the week: flood risk replaces drought across western US states, April 1
NBC News: U.S. air quality improved in 2022. See how your city fared, March 30

On the other hand, President Biden’s oil policies have been criticized by activists and oil companies alike.

The Washington Post: Why Biden’s oil policies upset both oil companies and environmentalists, March 29

And Europe is split on the type of fuel that powers its cars, with the North and West going electric, while the rest of the region lags behind.

ZEIT ONLINE: Elektroautos gönnen sich nur die reichen Länder, March 30

China’s influence is growing — in terms of diplomatic missions, research, and military spending.

The Financial Times: ‘Dare to fight’: Xi Jinping unveils China’s new world order, March 31
The Financial Times: China’s fake science industry: how ‘paper mills’ threaten progress, March 28
South China Morning Post: China and Russia: a friendship with ‘no limits’, March 28

Voters and politicians around the U.S. are discussing a proposed anti-trans rights bill, one of many legislative steps to limit the rights of transgender people in the country.

Axios: The forces behind anti-trans bills across the U.S., March 31

And guns have become the leading cause of death of U.S. children and teens in the past few years.

CNN: Children and teens are more likely to die by guns than anything else, March 29

The finance world is still busy analyzing the recent collapse of banks, including Signature Bank and Credit Suisse.

The Wall Street Journal: Signature Bank Insiders Sold $100 Million in Stock During Crypto Surge, April 4
The Wall Street Journal: The Fatal Flaw in Credit Suisse’s Last-Ditch Attempt to Save Itself, April 2

Belgium aims to get 80% of its working-age population to work.

De Tijd: Aantal arbeidsongeschikten neemt dubbel zo snel toe als aantal werkende Belgen, April 3

And Germany is already prepared for next winter, without fears of a gas shortage.

SPIEGEL: Ist die Gaskrise jetzt endgültig vorbei?, March 29

Other notable charts this week covered the popularity of bubble tea and cosmetic surgery, the link between pets and allergies, ocean conservation, and the growing number of rats in New York City.

Bloomberg: How Taiwanese Bubble Tea Has Taken Over the US, March 31
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: Zu schön, um wahr zu sein, April 3
The Wall Street Journal: Dogs and Cats Linked to Reduced Child Food Allergies, March 29
Reuters: Changing Tides, March 30
The Wall Street Journal: Why Rats and New York City Are Perfect for Each Other, March 31

What else we found interesting

Reuters: Trump’s major legal woes, March 31

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