Data Vis Dispatch, February 21

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

Welcome back to the 82nd 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 a year of war in Ukraine, the earthquake aftermath, and living in a warming world.

This week marks a sad anniversary — one year since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24th, 2022.

El Confidencial: Las 24 horas en las que todo cambió. ¿Qué habrías hecho tú el día de la invasión?, February 19
ZEIT ONLINE: Das Sinnbild des Grauens, February 16
The Guardian: A year of war: how Russian forces have been pushed back in Ukraine, February 21
Bloomberg: The Post-Cold War Era Is Gone. A New Arms Race Has Arrived, February 17
The Financial Times: How long can Russia keep fighting the war in Ukraine?, February 21

The south of Turkey was hit by another earthquake on Monday, only two weeks after the original disaster, both attracting international coverage.

Reuters: The day the Earth moved, February 17
The Economist: Poor areas suffered 3.5 times more damage in Turkey’s earthquake, February 16
Le Monde: Le séisme qui a tué plus de 39 000 personnes en Turquie et en Syrie est le cinquième le plus meurtrier du XXIᵉ siècle, February 15

On the climate front, news revolves around land and energy use in Belgium, melting glaciers in Antarctica, and the mixed effects of warming on mortality around the world.

De Tijd: De Vlaamse grond botst als nooit tevoren, February 17
De Tijd: Belg bespaart jongste weken amper nog op gasverbruik, February 15
USA Today: Thwaites ‘Doomsday Glacier’ is melting faster than expected: Concerns over sea level rise grow, February 16
The Economist: Sea ice in Antarctica is at its lowest-ever level, again, February 20
The Washington Post: Will global warming make temperature less deadly?, February 16

In the United States, the data journalists’ eyes were on the diversity of corporate leaders and federal judges, an increase in employees quitting their jobs last year, and a breakdown of the government budget.

USA Today: How diverse is corporate America? There are more Black leaders but white men still run it, February 16
The Washington Post: Senate confirms Biden’s 100th judicial nominee, February 14
The Wall Street Journal: Idaho, Utah Workers Led U.S. in Quitting Jobs, While New Yorkers Largely Stayed Put, February 18
The Wall Street Journal: What Is Pushing the National Debt to Its Limit?, February 15

Other charts of the week covered the length of retirement, basketball records, romantic movies, and the carnival in Brazil.

Bloomberg: The Countries With the Longest — and Shortest — Retirements, February 14
USA Today: Who is better LeBron or Jordan: After Lakers star broke scoring record, who is really the GOAT?, February 16

Reuters: Box Office Breakup, February 14
Folha de S.Paulo: Região mais populosa de São Paulo, zona leste é a que tem menos blocos de Carnaval, February 17

What else we found interesting

The Financial Times: Fentanyl: America’s struggle to contain a deadly drug, February 20

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