Data Vis Dispatch, June 6

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

Welcome back to the 96th 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 deforestation, labor shortages, and the war in Ukraine.

The explosion of Ukraine’s Kakhovka Dam has caused massive flooding in the Kherson region:

The Washington Post: Maps show how damaged Kakhovka dam hurts both Ukraine and Russia, June 6
The Economist: Ukrainian advances on Donetsk and Zaporizhia can be seen from space, June 5
The Washington Post: To liberate territory, Ukraine must smash fortified Russian defenses, June 2

And hundreds of passengers were killed in a train collision in India:

The New York Times: How the India Train Crash Unfolded, June 4
Reuters: India’s worst train crash in decades kills at least 288, June 3

In just two years, 19 U.S. states have passed laws banning or restricting gender-affirming medical care:

CNN: 19 states have laws restricting gender-affirming care, some with the possibility of a felony charge, June 6
The New York Times: See the States That Have Passed Laws Directed at Young Trans People, June 5

Other healthcare topics included post-COVID lung damage, the benefits of HPV vaccines, and a doctor shortage in rural Brazil:

The New York Times: An Inside Look at Covid’s Lasting Damage to the Lungs, May 31 (Tweet)
The Economist: Cheap vaccines could prevent millions of deaths from cervical cancer, May 31
Folha de S.Paulo: Mais Médicos pode pagar mais de R$ 1 milhão, mas áreas carentes ainda são desafio, June 1

Meanwhile, the U.S. faces a shortage of teachers, and non-EU workers take up the slack in Britain:

CNN: Teachers are calling it quits amid rising school violence, burnout and stagnating salaries, May 31
The Guardian: Non-EU workers outnumber EU ones in various UK sectors in post-Brexit shift, June 1
The San Francisco Chronicle: S.F. wasn’t the only city to see an exodus. These maps show the most detailed info on where people are moving, June 2 (Tweet)

We saw charts on above-board trade in doughnuts, real estate, and semiconductors:

The Washington Post: America’s doughnut capital. Can we stop at just one?, June 2
Folha de S.Paulo: Venda de apartamentos cresce fora do centro de São Paulo, mostra índice, June 2
Financial Times: How Taiwan became the indispensable economy, May 31

As well as illicit economies of Russian oil, West African cocoa, and Amazonian beef:

The New York Times: Fake Signals and American Insurance: How a Dark Fleet Moves Russian Oil, May 30
The Economist: Demand for chocolate causes more illegal deforestation than people realise, June 2
The Guardian: A visual guide to deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, June 2

Other charts covered topics from sonic booms to missile tests:

The Washington Post: Are you middle class?, June 1
The Washington Post: Mapping the Cessna Citation’s flight path over D.C. and sonic boom from F-16s, June 5
The New York Times: Why North Korea’s Latest Nuclear Claims Are Raising Alarms, June 2

What else we found interesting

Quanta Magazine: How Math Has Changed the Shape of Gerrymandering, June 1
The Pudding: Wonky, June 1
ProPublica: Supreme Risk, June 1
The Los Angeles Times: 8 L.A. trees to love that aren’t jacarandas, June 1

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