Data Vis Dispatch, June 29

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

Welcome back to the second 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 for this week include record-breaking heat waves, regional elections in France, and (what else?) the pandemic.

Last week’s heat and drought continued to shatter records around the world. These maps showed not just a few days of extreme weather, but a major climate shift:

Axios: Global warming makes extreme weather a regular event, June 26
The New York Times: How Weird Is the Heat in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver? Off the Charts, June 29
Bloomberg: Drought Indicators in Western U.S. Flash Warnings of the ‘Big One,’ June 24
CNN: The West’s historic drought in 3 maps, June 24

And these charts explored progress on emissions in the UK and Russia:

The Times: Powering Britain: A visual guide, June 22
Проект [Proekt]: Страна больших труб. Атлас грязного неба над Россией, June 24

The political theme of this week was France’s regional elections, with low turnout hanging over the results:

Le Figaro: “La carte des listes arrivées en tête, commune par commune,” June 29 (Tweet)
L’Humanité: Au second tour, les électeurs désertent encore les urnes, June 28
Agence France-Presse: “Un second tour sous le signe de l’abstention,” June 24 (Tweet)
Bloomberg: Republican Rivals Emerge for Macron, Le Pen, June 28

On general topics, this week offered clean, simple charts and maps:

Financial Times: UK companies’ gender pay gap reporting drops, June 27
The Washington Post: DeJoy’s USPS slowdown plan will delay the mail. What’s it mean for your Zip code?, June 24
Bloomberg: India Shifts 50,000 Troops to China Border in Historic Move, June 27

And also some more unusual data visualizations, with a bivariate choropleth map (Adedamola Lapido), a connected, proportional area chart (The Economist), and a data visualization as tall as the entire article (ProPublica):

Adedamola Lapido: Food Apartheid in Washington DC, June 29
DATUM: Woraus besteht Österreich?, June 29 (Tweet, Inspiration)
The Economist: Zombie research haunts academic literature long after its supposed demise, June 26
El País: Crónica visual: España reduce su posesión y los pases pero aumenta su producción ofensiva, June 23
ProPublica: Lord of the Roths: How Tech Mogul Peter Thiel Turned a Retirement Account for the Middle Class Into a $5 Billion Tax-Free Piggy Bank, June 24

Finally, this week’s COVID charts covered vaccine policy, compared variants, and looked back at changes in public opinion:

The Washington Post: Colleges want students to get a coronavirus vaccine. But they’re split on requiring the shots, June 23
The Guardian: Vaccine inequality: how rich countries cut Covid deaths as poorer fall behind, June 28
Zeit Online: Endet so die Pandemie?, June 24
The Wall Street Journal: How Mutations Have Shaped the Covid-19 Pandemic, June 27
Pew Research Center: People in Advanced Economies Say Their Society Is More Divided Than Before Pandemic, June 23

What else we found interesting

The New York Times: Is This Some Kind of Code? You Can Solve the …, June 25
xkcd (Randall Munroe): No, The Other One, June 23
Ward Shelley: The History of Science Fiction, ver. 1, 2011 (Tweeted by Manuel Lima)

And if you liked last week’s history of the England – Scotland football rivalry, now you can make your own (Tweet).

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