Data Vis Dispatch, June 28

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

Welcome back to the 51st 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.

Rose is on vacation today, so I’m taking over. Recurring topics this week include the overturning of Roe v. Wade and the war in Ukraine.

Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade decision from 1973: The constitutional right to abortion in the U.S. doesn’t exist anymore. In some states, abortions were banned immediately. In others, this is expected to happen soon.

The New York Times: Tracking the States Where Abortion Is Now Banned, June 27
Bloomberg: Americans in 26 States Will Have to Travel 552 Miles For Abortions, June 24
The Wall Street Journal: Where Abortion Is Legal and Where It Loses Protections Without Roe v. Wade, June 27
The Washington Post: Abortion is now banned in these states. Others will follow., June 24
The New York Times: This map shows how far a woman had to drive to reach an abortion clinic under Roe vs. Wade, June 24
Bloomberg: Supreme Court Ruling Jeopardizes Abortion Access for 33 Million Women, June 24
Reuters: Abortion access in a post-Roe America, June 24
POLITICO: Abortion laws by state: Where abortions are illegal after Roe v. Wade overturned, June 24
USA Today: Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade – these maps show how access to abortion will change, June 24
NBC News: Where is abortion legal? See how far you’d have to travel for care, June 24
San Francisco Chronicle: Abortion access in California isn’t equal statewide. These maps show where clinics are concentrated, June 25
The New York Times: The Dobbs v. Jackson Decision, Annotated, June 24
CNN: Track changes between the abortion decision and the leaked draft, June 27
Bloomberg Opinion: How Abortion Restrictions Wreak Havoc Across 50 States and 42 Weeks of Pregnancy, June 27
Pew Research Center: What the data says about abortion in the U.S., June 24
The Economist: Americans do not realise how safe abortions are, June 24
The Washington Post: How Washington Post readers feel about the Supreme Court’s abortion ruling, June 25
The Economist: Most Americans disagree with the Supreme Court on abortion, June 24

Across the big pond, the war in Ukraine is continuing. This week, European newsrooms focused on its effect on countries surrounding Ukraine:

The Washington Post: Where have Ukrainian refugees gone?, June 27
The New York Times: Russia launches barrage of missiles across Ukraine, June 26
Süddeutsche Zeitung: Kalingrad, die russische Insel, June 24
ZEIT Online: Es geht auch ohne Russland, June 23
Le Monde: En Finlande, une longue histoire traumatique avec la Russie, June 24
El País: El mundo se hunde en una espiral conflictiva. Este es el balance de fuerzas, June 26 (Tweet)
The New Statesman: How big is occupied Ukraine? Use our interactive map to find out, June 24
Bloomberg: Inflation Could Be Path to Re-election for GOP’s Most Vulnerable Senator, June 23

Countries further away from Ukraine also feel the consequences of the war. Food and gas prices continue to rise in many parts of the world:

Financial Times: ‘People are hungry’: food crisis starts to bite across Africa, June 23
The Economist: Most of the world’s grain is not eaten by humans, June 23
ZEIT Online: So teuer könnte Ihre Gasrechnung bald werden, June 27
Neue Zürcher Zeitung: So wirkt sich die Embargo-Politik auf die Gas- und Strompreise aus, June 28

The northern hemisphere of the globe is experiencing high summer temperatures, so newsrooms also focused on reporting about always new heat records:

The Wall Street Journal: Another Week of Record-Breaking Heat Scorches Much of the U.S., June 25
The Washington Post: A week of highs: See where climate change made heat worse in America, June 23
ZEIT Online: Hitzetote in Deutschland: Der Tod kommt bei Sonnenschein, June 22
Le Monde: En trois graphiques : la vague de chaleur de juin 2022 est intense, très précoce et amenée à se répéter, June 24
The Washington Post: The unique ways Filipinos are protecting their homes against floods, June 24

We’re sure you’re ready for some good news by now, so here they are: According to a new study, covid-19 vaccinations saved the lives of approximately 20 million people:

The Economist: How many lives have been saved by covid-19 vaccines?, June 24
John Burn-Murdoch: “NEW: unfortunately it’s time for another international Covid update, as the BA.5 Omicron lineage (and BA.4 to a lesser extent) sends not only cases but also hospitalisations climbing around the world, from South Africa, to Portugal, the UK, Israel and now the US,” June 26 (Tweet)

And in our miscellaneous section, we have some visualizations about sports, historic borders, loooots of cows, the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong and coalitions in Europe for you:

Krisztina Szűcs: “A new, improved version of my #swimming #dataviz: now you can compare all results (final, semifinal and heat) in one animation. This one is yesterday’s Men 200m Butterfly from Budapest Swimming World Championships,” June 22 (Tweet)
The Straits Times: How Lion City Sailors are outspending other Singapore Premier League clubs, June 26
SBS News: 골프가 유행이라는데, 환경은 괜찮은걸까? (Golf is fashionable. Is the environment okay?), June 23
Erin Davies: Where is there more livestock than people?, June 21
AFP: “#AFPGraphics charts Hong Kong’s main socio-economic indicators and opinion polls on government performance,” June 28 (Tweet)
South China Morning Post: 25 visualisations for Hong Kong’s 25th birthday, June 22
Le Monde: Gouverner en coalition, une pratique éprouvée en Europe, June 25
The New York Times: Who Stops a ‘Bad Guy With a Gun’?, June 22
The New York Times: ‘An Invisible Cage’: How China Is Policing the Future, June 25
Hans Hack: Point in History: A map experiment to explore historical boundaries around a given location, June 22 (Tweet)
The Economist: The world’s most liveable cities, June 22

What else we found interesting

South China Morning Post: Bamboo scaffolding in Hong Kong, June 28
San Francisco Chronicle: A San Francisco feminist bookstore wanted to ‘take over the world.’ Its closure still holds lessons for today, June 25

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