Data Vis Dispatch, August 1

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

Welcome back to the 104th 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 water, war, and Elon Musk.

It was the hottest July of our lives (so far!):

The Washington Post: Ocean temperatures are off the charts. Here’s where they’re highest, July 28
Spiegel: Wo die Erde diesen Monat glühte, July 29
Bloomberg: Extreme Heat and Aging Power Grids Are a Deadly Combination, July 31
Reuters: The floor is lava, July 31
The Economist: Four charts that highlight this summer’s freakish temperatures, July 27

Maps of Ukraine dealt with land mines, grain exports, and troop movements:

Reuters: What lies beneath, July 28
The Wall Street Journal: Great Power Rivalry Looms Over Ukraine Grain Deal, July 28
Le Monde: L’armée ukrainienne réalise une percée dans l’est et le sud du pays, une avancée obtenue de haute lutte, July 29
The Wall Street Journal: As War Becomes Grinding Fight, Medics Battle to Save Soldiers in Ukraine, July 26

And a strange supporting character in the war — Elon Musk, whose company SpaceX has kept Ukraine connected to the internet through its Starlink satellites:

The New York Times: Elon Musk’s Unmatched Power in the Stars, July 28
Bloomberg: Tesla Owners Have Soured on Elon Musk, But Still Love Their Model 3s, July 27

Other maps of war and conflict — past, present, and hopefully-never:

South China Morning Post: The Korean war, July 27
The New York Times: The Country That Bombs Its Own People, July 31
Bloomberg: How the US Drives Gun Exports and Fuels Violence Around the World, July 25
The Wall Street Journal: America’s Military Trails Russia and China in Race for the Melting Arctic, July 30
The Economist: Data on air bases suggest a Chinese invasion of Taiwan may not be imminent, July 27

And political charts reported from Argentina, the U.S., and Great Britain:

La Nación: Curiosidades y disparidades en los aportes a la campaña declarados ante la Justicia electoral, July 30
The New York Times: Keeping Track of the Trump Investigations, July 26
The Washington Post: The average age of Congress is rising. That’s unlikely to change soon, July 27
Financial Times: Everyone loses if net zero becomes the new partisan divide, July 28
The Wall Street Journal: Transgender America Fights Back, July 30

We saw maps of water:

Frankfurter Allgemeine: Wasser wird in Deutschland immer kostbarer, July 31
The Washington Post: Dreams and Deadly Seas, July 27
The Wall Street Journal: Italy Says it Will Build the Longest Suspension Bridge in the World. Don’t Hold Your Breath, July 26
South China Morning Post: Fukushima’s wastewater release, July 31

And maps of land:

The Washington Post: Why the famed Appalachian Trail keeps getting longer — and harder, July 27
The Wall Street Journal: U.S. Allies in Asia Snub Natural Gas From Alaska Project, July 25

As well as other charts on everything from scientific publishing to dinnertime:

Financial Times: China closes research publication gap with the US, July 30
Bloomberg: Adani’s Grip on India’s Economy Fuels Rebound After Hindenburg, July 31
FlowingData: When is Dinner, By State, July 25

What else we found interesting

Reuters: The Unstoppable Pop of Taylor Swift, July 29
The Washington Post: How far must a ball travel to be a home run? Depends on the MLB stadium, July 27
The Wall Street Journal: A Soap Maker Cracks the Code to ‘Made in America’, July 25

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