Data Vis Dispatch, February 7

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

Welcome back to the 80th 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, and outer space.

This week started with the tragic news of two earthquakes hitting Turkey and Syria, with aftershocks felt across the region.

The New York Times: Map: 7.8-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Israel, February 6
El Confidencial: El terremoto deja más de 1.300 muertos y 6.600 heridos: al menos 912 en Turquía y 473 en Siria, February 6
El País: Más de 500 muertos en Turquía y Siria tras un terremoto de magnitud 7,8, February 6
Les Echos: Un tremblement de terre fait plus de 600 morts en Turquie et en Syrie, February 6
BBC: Turkey earthquake: Death toll could increase eight-fold, WHO says, February 6

Snowfall data and low temperatures make headlines as winter continues in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Washington Post: From snowy West to snow-starved East, a map of winter winners and losers, February 3
The Washington Post: ‘Historic Arctic outbreak’ crushes records in New England, February 4
BR24: Datenanalyse belegt immer stärkeren Schneemangel in Bayern, January 31

Meanwhile, the rising prices of gas heating, both for residential and industrial use, can be felt throughout the world, including in South Korea.

SBS News: 여러분은 이번 난방비, 얼마나 나왔나요?, February 1

The world’s elite proves to be responsible for nearly half of greenhouse gas emissions, and this polluter gap is clear both between and within regions.

The Financial Times: Global elite produce almost half greenhouse emissions, UN says, February 4

Similarly, different food groups also have different impact on the climate — with soybeans on one end and beef and seafood on the other.

The Washington Post: Which food is better for the planet?, February 1

And, in turn, the effects of climate change increase the risk of new diseases.

The Economist: Habitat loss and climate change increase the risk of new diseases, January 31

Last week, new updates of two indices shone a light on the state of public affairs around the world — the Corruption Perceptions Index 2022 and the Democracy Index 2022.

Transparency International: Corruption Perceptions Index 2022, January 31
The Economist: The world’s most, and least, democratic countries in 2022, February 1

Outer space is looking busier the more we find out about it — and of course, the more objects we send there.

Reuters: Skyfall, February 2
The Financial Times: SpaceX rockets power record number of satellite launches, February 5

Other eternal stories that have captured the attention of data journalists lately: Pelé’s goals, colonial inequality, Elon Musk’s tweets, and what it takes to write a hit song.

South China Morning Post: Football legend Pele’s greatest achievements, February 2
Kontinentalist: Rubber, Race, and Colonial Exploitation, January 31
The New York Times: Dissecting Elon Musk’s Tweets: Memes, Rants, Private Parts and an Echo Chamber, January 31
The Economist: Max Martin knows how to create a number-one hit, February 3

What else we found interesting

The Wall Street Journal: Making the Mummies of Egypt Involved a Lot More Than We Knew, February 1
Axios: The last 747 gets delivered today, January 31
The Wall Street Journal: Groundhog Day 2023: Punxsutawney Phil Sees His Shadow, but How Often Are His Predictions Right?, February 2

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