Data Vis Dispatch, June 21

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

Welcome back to the 50th 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 extreme heat, occupied territory in Ukraine, and economic trends.

In the Dispatch, we often fold charts on the economy into other topic sections — in particular, those on war, politics, and the pandemic. But this week it was clear that economic charts deserved to come first. The labor market is hot:

De Tijd: En toen was er niet één iemand meer voor de job, June 17

Amid high inflation, interest rates are up and stock performance is down:

The Washington Post: What the Fed’s interest rate hike means for mortgages, June 16
The Wall Street Journal: Bull Market’s Winners Dragged the S&P 500 Into a Bear Market, June 14

High gas prices are contributing to an overall increase in the cost of living:

The Washington Post: Why gas is so expensive in some U.S. states but not others, June 20
Bloomberg: Soaring UK Petrol Cost Is Stretching Budgets More Outside London, June 14
The Economist: Americans are saving less than at any point since the financial crisis, June 17

And supply problems continue to cause shortages:

The Wall Street Journal: Baby Formula Shortage Spurs Stockpiling, Data Show, June 14
De Tijd: Piekend protectionisme stuwt voedselprijzen en wereldhonger, June 14

One cause of disruption is the war in Ukraine, where Russia is occupying about 20% of the country and blocking agricultural exports:

The Wall Street Journal: Ukraine’s Farmers, Contending With Stolen Grain and Mined Fields, Now Say Land Is Being Seized, June 17
The New Statesman: How big is occupied Ukraine? Use our interactive map to find out, June 14
The Wall Street Journal: The 19th-Century Technology Driving Russia’s Latest Gains in Ukraine: Railroads, June 14

EU officials have called the blockade a war crime. And even as the fighting continues, so do efforts to document the use of banned weapons and tactics in Ukraine:

Texty: Дивіться під ноги, June 14
The New York Times: What Hundreds of Photos of Weapons Reveal About Russia’s Brutal War Strategy, June 19
The Economist: The UN says more than 4,000 civilians have been killed in Ukraine, June 15

The upshot for Russia’s ultrarich? Private jets to Dubai instead of Paris.

The New York Times: The New Geography of the Russian Elite, June 17

Other recurring political topics included the increasing role of election denialism in the Republican Party, and the past and future of U.S. abortion restrictions:

FiveThirtyEight: Has Your State Made It Harder To Vote?, June 16
The Washington Post: More than 100 GOP primary winners back Trump’s false fraud claims, June 14
FiveThirtyEight: What It’s Like To Open An Abortion Clinic Right Now, June 16
Bloomberg: The Harsh Reality of Post-Roe America Is Already Playing Out in Texas, June 14
Pew Research: Politics on Twitter: One-Third of Tweets From U.S. Adults Are Political, June 16
The Times: How women became more left-wing than men, June 18

To set the tone for our climate section, here are two beautiful Washington Post maps of the western United States — one on drought, and one on flood:

The Washington Post: These maps illustrate the seriousness of the western drought, June 16
The Washington Post: In maps, photos and videos, see the full force of Yellowstone’s floods, June 17

A record heatwave swept Europe and North Africa:

Financial Times: Extreme weather wave heats northern hemisphere and freezes the south, June 17
Patrick Stotz/Der Spiegel: “35°C und mehr waren früher in Deutschland extrem selten. Inzwischen gibt es solche Temperaturen fast jeden Sommer und fast überall im Land,” June 18 (Tweet, Article)
Inkyfada: Au cœur du changement climatique : quel impact sur la Tunisie d’ici la fin du siècle, June 17
Le Monde: A partir de quelles températures peut-on parler de canicule dans chaque département ?, June 17

These maps looked at histories of slavery and colonization in the United States:

The Economist: Family separation among slaves in America was shockingly prevalent, June 18
National Geographic: North America’s Native nations reassert their sovereignty: ‘We are here’, June 14

And these two looked at the problem of rural broadband access in the U.S. and U.K.:

The Wall Street Journal: Why Rural Americans Keep Waiting for Fast Internet, Despite Billions Spent, June 15
Financial Times: Broadband market inequalities test Westminster’s hopes of levelling up, June 19

Other topics included land use, crime, gender equality, and sports — not to mention the wreck of a 17th century Spanish galleon:

Quartz: Do you live close enough to a small US airport to have lead exposure? Check our maps, June 16
South China Morning Post: Land rush, June 20
Financial Times: US pivots to ‘harm reduction’ after 107,000 overdose deaths last year, June 15
SBS News: 촉법소년 연령 하향, 어떻게 생각해?, June 16
Financial Times: Men stepping up at home is key to boosting birth rates, June 16
FiveThirtyEight: Which Women’s Sports Benefited The Most From Title IX?, June 21
El País: La final de la NBA con más triples de la historia consagra la evolución del juego, June 17
The New York Times: The N.B.A. Team Making 3-Point History in the Finals Isn’t Golden State, June 16
National Geographic: Legendary Spanish galleon shipwreck discovered on Oregon coast, June 16

What else we found interesting

The Pudding: A Visual Guide to the Aztec Pantheon, June 16
Attila Bátorfy: “First time I see a polar streamgraph! Shows the population growth in the suburbs of Budapest from 1830 to 1940. From the collection of Budapest City Archives by @AgnesTelek,” June 16 (Tweet)

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