Data Vis Dispatch, May 2

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

Welcome back to the 92nd 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 war, climate-change ecology, and gender in the labor force.

Several charts this week covered different angles on demographic trends, gender, and the workforce:

Financial Times: Can India unlock the potential of its youth?, April 28
Bloomberg: Women in Finance See Double the Wage Disparity Compared to UK Average, April 5
Ansgar Wolsing: “Employment rates for women and men with children aged 6 or younger in the EU 27. #30DayChartChallenge | day 18: data day: Eurostat | #rstats,” April 27 (Tweet)
Frankfurter Allgemeine: Die große Arbeitskräftelücke – und wie sie geschlossen werden soll, April 27
The Wall Street Journal: Biden Runs on an Improved, but Still Troubled Economy, April 26

These three maps looked at ecological effects of climate change:

The Washington Post: Trees are moving north from global warming. Look up how your city could change, April 26
Financial Times: Horn of Africa drought made 100 times more likely by climate change, scientists report, April 27
The Wall Street Journal: ‘A Large Portion of This Base Is Going to Be Underwater’: U.S. Military Hub Adapts to Climate, April 25

And electric vehicles and nuclear power also stayed in the news:

The Washington Post: The underbelly of electric vehicles, April 27
The Wall Street Journal: Kremlin Extends Global Influence With Russian Nuclear-Power Juggernaut, April 27

We saw maps of Russian positions in Ukraine and Syria:

Reuters: Digging in, April 27
The Wall Street Journal: Victory Elusive for Russians in Grinding Battle in Ukraine’s East, April 30
The Wall Street Journal: U.S. Says Russia’s Military Actions in Syria Raise Risk of Escalation, April 25

And on the bad-to-good-news spectrum — political violence, train delays, and wildflowers:

The Economist: Quantifying the rise of America’s far right, April 25
Financial Times: Pay rises alone will not stem the flow of Britain’s medics, May 1
Neue Zürcher Zeitung: Ausgebremst von S-Bahn und Interregio: Züge zwischen der Schweiz und Deutschland sind häufig verspätet – wo es besonders oft Probleme gibt, April 26
Le Monde: Les députés parmi les 3 % des Français les mieux rémunérés malgré une « dégradation » depuis les années 2000, April 30
The Wall Street Journal: U.S. Covid-19 Deaths and Hospitalizations Near New Lows, April 28
The Los Angeles Times: California started this community science project to document urban nature — now it’s taking over the world, April 28

What else we found interesting

David Rumsey: “Mapping and data visualization of 19th century balloon journeys. “Travels in the Air,” 1871, by James Glaisher. A new way of seeing the earth. With thanks to RJ Andrews @infowetrust for bringing this to us,” May 2 (Tweet)

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