Data Vis Dispatch,
January 18

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:

The Wall Street Journal: Tonga Volcanic Eruption, Tsunami Cause Significant Damage, January 16
TransTerraScape: “1月15日の16時10分~20時50分までのひまわり8号のバンド8(6.2μm)上層水蒸気の画像から前後フレームの差分(10分間)を取ってみると、日本時間20時40分頃のトンガ諸島の火山噴火によるソニックブーム(?)の到着が可視化できました。 興味深いのは同心円の模様が何重にも確認できることです,” January 16 (Tweet)

Several other maps also focused on the environments around us, both natural and built:

Bloomberg: Galapagos Islands Expands Marine Life Protections to Curb Overfishing, January 14
The Wall Street Journal: “Frackers in Texas will have to find a new home for wastewater as the state acts to stem a spate of earthquakes,” January 17 (Tweet, Article)
Grist: Toxic Churn – How the legacy of former industrial sites pollutes American cities today, January 13
El Diario: ¿Cuánto ha crecido tu ciudad desde que naciste? El mapa de la edad de cada edificio en España, January 16

COVID has overrun our political section in the past — but this time, it’s less policy, more parties:

The Guardian: How No 10’s alleged parties took place as UK Covid death toll rose – interactive, January 14
Alex Selby-Boothroyd: “Lockdown days in 2020 without allegations of parties: 197* *Correct at 23:50,” January 13 (Tweet)

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:

Zeit Online: Wie die Omikron-Welle in Deutschland ankommt, January 14
La Nación: ¿Un espejo de lo que pasará en la Argentina?, January 14
Financial Times: Surge of US Covid hospitalisations masks ‘incidental’ infections, January 15

Of course, the basic incidence rates are still of interest too:

Helsingin Sanomat: Viime viikolla tehohoidossa oli eniten koronapotilaita sitten huhtikuun 2020 – osa on kuitenkin hoidossa muista syistä kuin koronan takia, January 11
Financial Times: Omicron drives record cases of child Covid hospitalisation, January 17
CNN: Watch Covid-19 cases sweep across the United States, January 14

Vaccines have saved lives this year, but excess deaths were high despite them:

El País: El éxito de las vacunas contra ómicron: los vacunados tienen cinco veces menos probabilidad de ingresar en un hospital, January 15
Financial Times: Covid passes boosted economies and vaccine uptake, study shows, January 18
Süddeutsche Zeitung: Mehr als eine Million Todesfälle im Jahr 2021, January 11
Zeit Online: Deutlich mehr Todesfälle durch Corona, January 13

Two maps this week put a spotlight on food and famine:

Bloomberg: Middle East, North Africa Risk Unrest on High Food Prices, January 11
Le Monde: L’alimentation sous tension, January 13

Meanwhile, another year of record-setting heat pushed climate failure to the top of economists’ risk list:

Bloomberg: These Are the Biggest Risks the World Faces in Next 10 Years, Jan 11
The Washington Post: The past seven years have been the hottest in recorded history, new data shows, January 13
Bloomberg: The World’s Troubling New Tempo of Temperature Records, January 14

A historic heat wave caused power failures in Argentina, while Europeans are navigating a politically delicate energy crunch:

La Nación: Mapa de cortes de luz en la Ciudad: qué barrios todavía no tienen suministro, January 12
Bloomberg: Earlier Than Ever, European Gas Storage Is Half-Empty January 13
Financial Times: How serious is Vladimir Putin about launching a major Ukraine offensive?, January 15

Finally, other economics charts took a geographic angle:

The Economist: Why North Dakota, not New York, may be the land of opportunity, January 15
The Wall Street Journal: How Covid-19 Has Widened the Gap Between Rich and Poor Countries, January 14
The Economist: Why Britain needs more migrants, January 14

What else we found interesting

The Visual Agency: “In 2022, the Italian parliament is going to elect its 13th President of the Republic. Find out what are the possible scenarios,” January 13 (Tweet, Site)
The Washington Post: How Ja Morant’s block conjured memories of LeBron, Jordan and Russell, January 13
Straits Times: Saving Singapore’s Shores, January 13

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