Data Vis Dispatch, August 2

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

Welcome back to the 56th 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 Earth Overshoot Day, social mobility, and floods.

An intriguing study published this week found that poor kids have better social mobility when they grow up in an area where friendships aren’t segregated by class:

The New York Times: Vast New Study Shows a Key to Reducing Poverty: More Friendships Between Rich and Poor, August 1
The Economist: A new study shows how much social capital matters, August 1

It’s summertime in 2022, so of course we saw maps on flood and fire:

National Geographic: No state is losing land like Louisiana—but no other state has a bolder plan, July 28
The New York Times: Death Toll in Kentucky Rises to 37, With More Flooding Expected, August 1
El País: Autopsia de los incendios salvajes de Zamora: medios insuficientes, falta de previsión y bulos contra los ecologistas, July 30
Financial Times: Climate graphic of the week: US heat and drought coincide with historic climate bill, July 30
Agence France-Presse: “Alarm as Earth hits ‘Overshoot Day’ Thursday: NGOs. Mankind marks a dubious milestone Thursday, the day by which humanity has consumed all Earth can sustainably produce for this year, with NGOS warning the rest of 2022 will be lived in resource deficit,” July 28 (Tweet)

And after another summer of climate disasters, we might be looking at a winter of fossil fuel shortages:

Der Spiegel: Real-Time Statistics on Europe’s Gas Supplies, July 26

Negotiations in the Senate this week seemed to revive the possibility of major U.S. investment in climate measures:

The Washington Post: How the Schumer-Manchin climate bill might impact you and change the U.S., July 28

Other political charts (and tables!) showed some gaps between rhetoric and reality:

The New York Times: States With Abortion Bans Are Among Least Supportive for Mothers and Children, July 28
Bloomberg: Fear of Rampant Crime Is Derailing New York City’s Recovery, July 29

Other charts covered inflation, women’s football, and salary comparisons:

The Washington Post: The changing shape of inflation, July 26
The Economist: Paxlovid appears to be reaching the Americans who need it least, July 28
Financial Times: England victory heralds commercial breakthrough for women’s game, August 1
Berliner Morgenpost: Gehaltscheck für Berlin, July 31

And maps this week looked at volcanoes in the Pacific and train travel in Europe:

Reuters: Philippines earthquake, July 27
Benjamin Tran Dinh: How far can you go by train in 5h?, July 29

What else we found interesting

The Washington Post: More than 840 suspects have been charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, July 26
The Straits Times: Earth Overshoot Day: We’re living like we have 1.75 Earths, July 28
The Markup: Who Is Collecting Data from Your Car?, July 27

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