Data Vis Dispatch, May 17

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

Welcome back to the 45th 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 regional elections in Germany, international sentiment towards Ukraine, and COVID deaths and wildfires in the United States.

This month marks a sad milestone: one million COVID deaths in the U.S. Many American papers tried to visualize the loss — and reconcile the scale of the numbers with the humanity of the individuals involved. (The New York Times’ contribution in particular generated both praise and criticism for its approach to that problem.)

The New York Times: How America Lost One Million People, May 13
The Washington Post: One million of us, May 12
The Wall Street Journal: U.S. Surpasses One Million Covid-19 Deaths, may 16
Axios: 1 million deaths – Remembering the lives lost to COVID-19 in America, May 9
Politico: What if Delaware disappeared? 1 million Covid-19 deaths explained in 4 charts, May 11
Pew Research Center: 57% of Americans say masks should be required on airplanes and public transportation, May 11

Two animations this week, from Le Monde and The Washington Post, showed how the military and diplomatic outlooks for Ukraine have changed over the past three months:

Le Monde: Invasion de l’Ukraine en cartes : l’évolution des combats semaine après semaine, May 11
The Washington Post: Ukraine is now the top recipient of U.S. military aid. Here’s how it surpassed even Israel and Egypt, May 13

There were also charts and maps on international sympathies in the war:

The Economist: Russia is swaying Twitter users outside the West to its side, May 14
Gazeta Wyborcza: Wojna w Ukrainie. Część Europejczyków winą obarcza NATO, nie Putina, May 11
Le Monde: Kaliningrad, une épine dans le pied de l’OTAN, May 13

And on the damage to Ukraine’s infrastructure and natural environment:

Financial Times: Who will pay to put Ukraine back together again?, May 11
RTVE: La naturaleza, víctima olvidada de la guerra de Ucrania: “Habrá daños que nunca se puedan recuperar,” May 16

Other topics in environmental visualizations included floods, droughts, and microplastics in the ocean:

The Washington Post: Black communities are last in line for disaster planning in Texas, May 12
De Tijd: Infrastructuur zadelt Vlaanderen op met droogteprobleem, May 16
Publico: O que são microplásticos? Quais os perigos?, May 14
Financial Times: Record carbon dioxide levels alarm scientists, May 13
Le Monde: Au Royaume-Uni, le pari fragile de l’éolien en mer, May 15

But the biggest environmental issue of the week was fire — specifically, a new assessment of wildfire risks in the United States:

The New York Times: Here Are the Wildfire Risks to Homes Across the Lower 48 States, May 16
Bloomberg: Is My Home at Risk From Wildfire? This Is How to Find Out, May 16
The Washington Post: 1 in 6 Americans live in areas with significant wildfire risk, May 16
The Los Angeles Times: Why Laguna Niguel fire was so destructive: Flying hot embers, huge homes, dry brush, May 13

The U.S. Senate voted against protecting abortion rights in federal law — a decision, in The Economist’s analysis, that had more to do with national party politics than with the will of their constituents:

The Economist: American senators strike down a bill that would have codified abortion rights, May 11
SBS News: 임신중절권 뒤집겠다는 미국, 어떻게 생각해?, May 12
The New York Times: Pregnant? Need Help? They Have an Agenda, May 13

Regional elections were held this Sunday in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia:

Süddeutsche Zeitung: Die Wahlergebnisse in den Wahlkreisen, May 15
WAZ: Ergebnisse und Auswertungen: So hat NRW bei der Landtagswahl gestimmt, May 15
Zeit Online: Alle Ergebnisse der Landtagswahl in Nordrhein-Westfalen, May 16
Süddeutsche Zeitung: Schwarzes Land?, May 16
Spiegel: Alle Ergebnisse – so hat Nordrhein-Westfalen gewählt, May 16
Zeit Online: FDP-Wähler wechseln zur CDU, SPD-Anhänger bleiben zu Hause, May 16

And other election visualizations covered the Australian parliament, Swiss referenda, and a mayoral race in Los Angeles:

Bloomberg: How Australia’s Election Could Shape China Ties, Climate Action and Equality, May 16
Neue Zürcher Zeitung: So hat Ihre Gemeinde abgestimmt, May 15
RTS Info: Les cartes des résultats des votations fédérales, commune par commune, May 15
The Los Angeles Times: Where L.A. mayoral candidates raise the most money, May 10

Other political topics included “levelling up,” immigration to the U.K., and partisan bias on Twitter.

Bloomberg: Boris Johnson’s Flagship Plan to Fix Britain Is in Trouble, May 12
Financial Times: Britain is now a high-immigration country and most are fine with that, May 12
The Washington Post: Musk doesn’t own Twitter yet, but conservatives are racking up followers, May 13

For something fun, these two maps show the same radio telescopes that recently produced a picture of the black hole at the center of the Milky Way:

National Geographic: Behold: The first picture of the black hole at the center of our galaxy, May 12
Süddeutsche Zeitung: Im Zentrum lauert ein Schwarzes Loch, May 12

For the most part, simple charts ruled in our miscellaneous section:

Our World In Data: What share of people say they are vegetarian, vegan, or flexitarian?, May 13
The Wall Street Journal: Is It Better to Rent or Buy? What to Do in a Hot Housing Market, May 12
Financial Times: Cost-conscious consumers are the problem for Netflix, May 14
The Wall Street Journal: How More Than $1 Trillion of Crypto Vanished in Just Six Months, May 13
The Why Axis: You think outdoor air is dirty? Wait until you see what the air in peoples’ homes looks like, May 13

But there were some fancier findings as well, like this animation from FlowingData on who Americans spend time with throughout the day:

FlowingData: How Much Time We Spend Alone and With Others, May 12
The Wall Street Journal: Baby Formula Shortage Stuns States Including Tennessee, Kansas and Delaware, may 14
Bloomberg: London Laundering Case May Hold Clues to Guinea’s Gold, May 13

What else we found interesting

The Los Angeles Times: It’s jacaranda season: When purple reigns, May 18

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