Data Vis Dispatch, June 7

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

Welcome back to the 48th 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 trains, tennis, and reproductive rights.

COVID death rates are lower now than at any time in the past two years. But high case numbers and falling vaccine efficacy mean the elderly are still especially vulnerable:

The New York Times: During the Omicron Wave, Death Rates Soared for Older People, May 31
The Wall Street Journal: Why Variants Keep Covid-19 Cases Simmering in the U.S., June 6

The pandemic is one of several causes behind an ongoing baby formula shortage in the U.S.:

The Wall Street Journal: Baby Formula Shortage Worsens, Hitting Low-Income Families Hardest, June 1

In fact, reproductive rights issues of all kinds were in the news this week:

The Washington Post: Breastfeeding isn’t ‘free.’ Here’s what it cost me, May 31
The Times: Held back: the mothers who can’t afford to return to work, June 5
The Wall Street Journal: State Barriers to Abortion—Regardless of Roe v. Wade, June 3
Axios: Midterm elections 2022: The issues that matter to Americans, May 31
The Wall Street Journal: Upholding Roe v. Wade Is Supported by Most Americans, WSJ Poll Finds, June 2

We saw more coverage of mass shootings in the U.S. — and why the crisis of gun violence is so politically stubborn:

The Washington Post: There have been over 200 mass shootings so far in 2022, June 2
The New York Times: Voters Say They Want Gun Control. Their Votes Say Something Different, June 3

Other political charts dealt with gerrymandering in the U.S. and election polling in Spain:

The Economist: America’s congressional maps are a bit fairer than a decade ago, June 2
El Confidencial: Así están las encuestas para las elecciones generales: empate técnico entre PP y PSOE, June 6

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has now gone on for 100 days:

El Confidencial: Un puente que resume 100 días de guerra: “Esto va más allá de la estupidez, es sabotaje”, June 3
The Economist: How Europe plans to cope as Russia cuts off the gas, June 1

Fire season has begun in the western United States:

The New York Times: A ‘Perfect Recipe for Extreme Wildfire’: New Mexico’s Record-Breaking, Early Fire Season, June 1
The San Francisco Chronicle: Red-flag warnings have hit record levels in these parts of California. It signals just how dangerous fire season may be, June 3

On a lighter note, we enjoyed these charts and maps on tennis and train travel in Germany:

Krisztina Szűcs: “Finally two straight-sets wins and some pretty fast animations! #dataviz of Women’s Semifinals at #RolandGarros,” June 2 (Tweet)
Le Temps: Le Big Three vieillissant du tennis a encore de l’appétit, June 5
Berliner Morgenpost: Wie weit komme ich mit dem 9-Euro-Ticket?, June 1
Holger Dambeck/Der Spiegel: “Folgende Karte zeigt den Anteil verspäteter Ankünfte im Fernverkehr (Zeitraum 1.5.-22.5.22). Gut zu erkennen, dass es in Ostdeutschland und auch im Nordwesten von Niedersachsen viel weniger Probleme gibt. Dort sind die Trassen nicht überlastet…” June 6 (Tweet, Article)

And other charts covered everything from educational outcomes around the world to marriage in America:

Our World in Data: Millions of children learn only very little. How can the world provide a better education to the next generation?, June 1
Financial Times: How to fix Britain’s chronically ill healthcare system, June 3
The San Francisco Chronicle: See how Mayor Breed plans to spend San Francisco’s $14 billion budget, June 1
Szabad Európa: A szeretet nem árt, az állam pedig nem segít, June 7
FlowingData: Commonness of Divorce in America, June 7

What else we found interesting

Süddeutsche Zeitung: Was ist eigentlich Staatsverschuldung?, June 2
The Washington Post: How women’s lives were different before Roe v. Wade, June 2

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