The best of last week’s big and small data visualizations
Welcome back to the 29th 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 volcanoes, famine, and poorly-timed parties.
Starting with a bang — Tonga is in a state of disaster after a volcanic explosion powerful enough to send shock waves around the world:
Several other maps also focused on the environments around us, both natural and built:
COVID has overrun our political section in the past — but this time, it’s less policy, more parties:
In COVID news proper, Omicron is breaking case records around the world — but hospitalizations and deaths don’t always follow. Relative measures make it easier to compare this wave to previous ones:
Of course, the basic incidence rates are still of interest too:
Vaccines have saved lives this year, but excess deaths were high despite them:
Two maps this week put a spotlight on food and famine:
Meanwhile, another year of record-setting heat pushed climate failure to the top of economists’ risk list:
A historic heat wave caused power failures in Argentina, while Europeans are navigating a politically delicate energy crunch:
Finally, other economics charts took a geographic angle:
The Pudding Cup is a prize for non-commercial, visual and data-driven stories — 2021 submissions will close on January 28.
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