Data Vis Dispatch, June 27

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

Welcome back to the 99th 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 an attempted coup in Russia, one year without abortion rights in America, and boats lost at sea.

A lot has happened this week! We’ll take it one topic at a time. First up: the sinking of a submersible as it attempted to tour the wreck of the Titanic.

The New York Times: Missing Submersible, June 20
The Wall Street Journal: Submersible Passengers Died in Implosion, June 22

Another disaster at sea resulted in deaths of as many as 600 people bound for Italy from Libya:

The Economist: Perilous migrant crossings of the Mediterranean are rising, June 20

Over the weekend, Wagner forces briefly took over the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don and came within 200 km of Moscow in an apparent attempted coup:

The Washington Post: The road to Moscow: A visual timeline of Wagner’s rebellion, June 24
Zeit Online: Der 36-Stunden-Aufstand, June 25
Reuters: 36 hours and hundreds of kilometres of the mercenary mutiny in Russia, June 26
El País: La rebelión de Wagner exhibe la debilidad de Putin, June 24
The New York Times: How a Rebellion in Russia Unfolded Over 36 Hours, June 24

In other news of the war — Russian casualties, the destruction of Bakhmut, and India’s neutral position:

Neue Zürcher Zeitung: Die russische Armee wurde in einem Jahr praktisch ausgetauscht, June 20
Reuters: Uncovering the extensive destruction of Bakhmut in a new detailed analysis, June 21
The New York Times: How India Profits From Its Neutrality in the Ukraine War, June 22

Saturday also marked one year without a constitutional right to abortion in the United States. Several maps visualized the state-level legal landscape:

The Economist: Dobbs electrified supporters of abortion rights, June 23
Reuters: How access to abortion has changed, June 21
The Wall Street Journal: What a Year in Post-Roe America Reveals About Abortion, June 23
CNN: One year without Roe, June 24
CNN: More than two dozen states were expected to ban abortion post-Roe. Courts are keeping it legal in several of them, June 23
FiveThirtyEight: Dobbs Turned Abortion Into A Huge Liability For Republicans, June 22

As summer begins, charts on broken climate records are returning as a weekly fixture:

The Economist: Antarctic sea ice has shrunk by an area nine times the size of Britain, June 26
Financial Times: Record low Antarctic sea ice levels worry scientists, June 24
Frankfurter Allgemeine: Ausgebranntes Land, June 24
Bloomberg: Arizona Is Running Out of Cheap Water. Investors Saw It Coming, June 21
Financial Times: Tropical forest loss increased by 10% in 2022, June 27
Bloomberg: Ford Gets $9.2 Billion to Help US Catch Up With China’s EV Dominance, June 22

To round out this week: two visualizations of migration in the U.S. and U.K.

The Wall Street Journal: Black Americans Are Leaving Cities in the North and West, June 22
The Guardian: Windrush 75th anniversary: the arrivals from the Caribbean who helped reshape Britain, June 23

What else we found interesting

South China Morning Post: For family and country: why China needs more babies, June 22
The Washington Post: Hidden beneath the surface, June 20
The Washington Post: What’s your type? Try these tests to pick the perfect font for you, June 26

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