The best of last week’s big and small data visualizations
Welcome back to the 25th 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. (This time, on a Wednesday because of some cloud problems.)
Recurring topics this week include democracy, California, and the omicron variant.
In COVID — and in general — there’s no doubt that the spread of the omicron variant has been the news of the week:
Although scientists don’t know much yet about this new variant, pressing forward with vaccination campaigns is still the best tool we have to fight the pandemic:
Do charts about supply chain disruptions belong in the “Pandemic” section? An ongoing debate here at the Data Vis Dispatch received some strong new evidence:
Political charts this week took a very abstract tone. On one hand, more people live in democracies than ever before. On the other hand, some of those democracies aren’t particularly democratic:
It’s not every week that the Dispatch has a California section, but let’s check on how things are going out there. The bad news — California consumes half of the oil originating in the Amazon rainforest, and some of it turns into air pollution with a very unequal impact:
The good news — California has one of the lowest concentrations of lead pipes in the U.S., not to mention a crack data team at the San Francisco Chronicle to investigate their hot dog situation:
Another section we don’t run every week: big mammals. Enjoy it while it lasts:
It was another excellent week for maps, with great contributions from Le Monde, Axios, and the Washington Post:
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