September 19th, 2023
The best of last week’s big and small data visualizations
Welcome back to the 81st 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 earthquakes, climate change, and a basketball record.
The aftermath of last week’s tragic earthquakes in Turkey and Syria continues to bring up questions and analyses: how strong were the earthquakes, how extensive, and how many tremors followed?
Snow cover across Switzerland is currently well below its 30-year average. In Antarctica, glacier ice continues to melt and slip into the ocean, raising sea levels around the world, and Senegal’s Saint-Louis is one of the cities at the climate front line.
High costs of energy have had very different effects, forcing most people to save on basic needs while earning record profits for oil and gas companies.
Finally, some good news from the world of sports: LeBron James broke an NBA record for the highest all-time score, more than 33 years after it was set by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Political news covered Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address, the U.S. president’s annual message to the Congress, a repeated state election in Berlin, Germany, and the course of the war in Ukraine.
Other themes of this week’s charts include tech company layoffs and the rise of streaming services.
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