Data Vis Dispatch, December 13

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

Welcome back to the 72nd 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 biodiversity, energy, and the FIFA World Cup.

One week into the United Nations Biodiversity Conference, conservation of species has generated headlines and stunning data visualizations, including a series of visual stories produced by Reuters.

Reuters: The cutting edge, December 10
Reuters: Why plants matter, December 8
Reuters: The collapse of insects, December 6
The New York Times: Animals Are Running Out of Places to Live, December 9
BR24: Datenanalyse zur Biodiversität: Wo in Bayern die Arten schwinden, December 7 10 червонокнижних видів, що опинилися в зоні бойових дій, December 8

Good news on the energy front: renewable energy should overtake coal by 2025 and government subsidies are likely to save lives in Europe.

The Financial Times: Solar power expected to surpass coal in 5 years, IEA says, December 10
The Economist: Government action to hold down energy bills will save lives in Europe, December 8
The Wall Street Journal: The Five-Year Engineering Feat Germany Pulled Off in Months, December 8

The FIFA World Cup in Qatar is nearing the finals, scheduled for this Sunday. Visual analyses cover democracy scores of organizing countries, past performances of national teams and players, and the duration of the games.

SBS News: 월드컵으로 세탁이 가능하다고?, December 9
NEXO: O número de gols feitos por seleção em cada Copa do Mundo, December 7
Folha de S.Paulo: Adversários nas quartas, croatas jogaram em média 66 minutos a mais que brasileiros, December 8
Kontinentalist: “This year, lower-ranked teams from the region such as Japan, Senegal, and Morocco have beaten bigger names from Europe and South America. While we won’t be seeing any Asian teams in this year’s finals, the knockout stage was the most diverse it has ever been,” December 13 (Tweet)
The Economist: Qatar’s World Cup has seen the biggest upsets in recent history, December 9
The Financial Times: World Cup 2022 in charts: how football is changing, December 8

The United Kingdom is expecting strikes in the next few weeks.

Quartz: The UK is expecting its largest wave of strikes in over 30 years, December 10
The Financial Times: Rishi Sunak under pressure to accelerate anti-strike legislation, December 6

Other notable charts of the week covered unreported shootings in the U.S., low numbers of doctors in Africa, urban green spaces in Asia, modeled coronavirus scenarios in China, and the reach of North Korea’s missiles.

The Washington Post: As fatal police shootings increase, more go unreported, December 6
The Outlier: Many African states have fewer than 2 doctors per 10,000 people, December 9
Bloomberg: Hong Kong and Singapore Spar for Green Finance Supremacy in Asia, December 8
The Financial Times: China risks 1mn Covid deaths in ‘winter wave’, modelling shows, December 7
The New York Times: North Korea Wants Dollars. It’s a Sign of Trouble, December 9

What else we found interesting

South China Morning Post: Pigs in cities: why wild boar stray into urban areas, December 8
William Mapan: “The first test—My usual way to get feedback on this was to randomly send this to friends without telling them how it was made to see how they feel. When none could tell it was entirely coded, I checked the box and moved on to ultimately make Anticyclone. #generativeart,” December 8 (Tweet)

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