Data Vis Dispatch, January 16

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

Welcome back to the 125th 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 the elections in Taiwan, record heat in 2023, and ships:

On January 13, the Taiwanese people elected their new president: previous Vice President Lai of the DPP party, associated with Taiwanese independence. We found visualizations that followed the election process and the risks of direct confrontation with China:

Bloomberg: Taiwan Election Live Results, January 13
South China Morning Post: Taiwan elections 2024: president-elect William Lai faces new era with legislature in the balance, January 14
Bloomberg: Xi, Biden and the $10 Trillion Cost of War Over Taiwan, January 9

Two visualizations covered the current situation in Ukraine. Russia has intensified its missile attacks and strict curfews continue.

Тексти: Коли починається і скільки триває комендантська година в різних областях (ІНФОГРАФІКА), January 10
Financial Times: Missiles from Iran and North Korea boost Russia’s onslaught on Ukraine, January 14

Now 100 days into the war between Israel and Hamas, the conflict has expanded to several other countries. On Friday and Saturday, the U.S. and U.K. carried out dozens of airstrikes against the Houthis in Yemen, who had attacked merchant ships in the Red Sea and Suez Canal:

The Wall Street Journal: After 100 Days, Israel-Hamas War Threatens to Spill Beyond Gaza, Disrupt Global Trade, January 14
El País: EE UU y el Reino Unido lanzan ataques aéreos contra objetivos de los rebeldes hutíes en Yemen, January 12
Le Figaro: Frappes aériennes contre les Houthis au Yémen : tout comprendre à la riposte des États-Unis et du Royaume-Uni, January 12

We also saw visualizations showing the impact of this important, now restricted, shipping route:

Council on Foreign Relations: How Houthi Attacks in the Red Sea Threaten Global Shipping, January 12
Le Monde: La mer Rouge sous le feu des houthistes, en cartes, January 13

Shipping accounts for 80% of global world trade. But it’s not uncommon for a freight container to go missing:

Diario Sur: El rastro de los pélets del Toconao: del mar a la mesa, January 12

Immigration was a major topic this week:

Le Monde: In 2023, Europe faced a migratory rebound from the South, January 9
The New York Times: How to Fix America’s Immigration Crisis, January 9

Internal migration even seems so important that it could influence this year’s presidential election in the U.S.:

Bloomberg: What America’s Relocation Boom Means for Election 2024, January 12
The Washington Post: Two Iowa counties an hour apart show America’s growing political divide, January 12

This week’s climate visualizations all revolve around one big, alarming, piece of news — 2023 was the hottest year on record, and not by a small margin:

Le Figaro: Climat: 2023, année la plus chaude «de ces 100.000 dernières années», January 9
Financial Times: Climate records tumbled ‘like dominoes’ during world’s hottest year, January 9
The Economist: Eight charts illustrate 2023’s extreme weather, January 11
The Washington Post: Where the world warmed the most in Earth’s hottest year, January 12

High temperatures change patterns in snowfall and wildfire:

Bloomberg: World Nears Dangerous Climate Tipping Point With Snow in Short Supply, January 10
Financial Times: Snowfall in Davos belies climate change toll across Europe, January 15
The Wall Street Journal: 2023 Was the Hottest Year on Record, January 9

Last week’s airline disasters are still keeping newsrooms busy. We found further investigations into the specific aircraft whose door plug failed:

The Washington Post: Where the Boeing 737 Max 9 flies, January 9
Reuters: How a panel blew off a Boeing plane in mid-air, January 11

With the Golden Globe Awards and the postponed Emmy Awards taking place, it’s no wonder that these visualizations about movies were in the script this week:

The Washington Post: ‘Mean Girls’ is an adaptation of an adaptation. It’s one of many, January 10
The Washington Post: See how HBO has led Emmy nominations for decades — and why its reign may end, January 12

We close this week with a colorful set of visualizations showing consumption spending, the world’s lovliest languages, and African Cup of Nations teams.

European Union: Understanding family spending through data analysis, January 11
The Economist: What is the world’s loveliest language?, January 11
Office for National Statistics: Understanding unemployment: what role does ethnicity and disability play, January 10
Le Monde: CAN 2024 : en graphiques, les forces et faiblesses des vingt-quatre équipes en lice, January 12

What else we found interesting

El Mundo: Un Elcano renovado leva anclas y enfrenta a los guardiamarinas a seis meses de navegación, January 13
Zeit Online: Was ein Windrad genau leistet, January 12

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