Data Vis Dispatch, May 3

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

Welcome back to the 43rd 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, housing costs, and media in politics.

The war in Ukraine is in its third month, and eastern cities in particular have been under nearly constant attack. These three maps showed the destruction at street scale of the cities of Kherson, Kharkiv, and Mariupol:

El Confidencial: La invasión, a escala española: ocho mapas para entender la dimensión de la guerra en Ucrania, April 30
La Vanguardia: La destrucción alcanza casi el 50% en Mariúpol y de partes de Járkiv, April 28
Zeit Online: Die Schlacht um Mariupol, April 28

Recent military developments include expanded arms shipments to Ukraine from the West and a series of explosions and fires inside Russia:

The Washington Post: Western artillery surging into Ukraine will reshape war with Russia, April 30
USA Today: Mysterious explosions, fires in Russia may signal war is moving beyond Ukraine, May 2

And the humanitarian crisis includes thousands of civilian deaths:

Neue Zürcher Zeitung: Welche Kantone am grosszügigsten Flüchtlinge aus der Ukraine aufnehmen – und wer in Europa die grösste Last trägt, April 28
Financial Times: How Russia’s war in Ukraine upended the breadbasket of Europe, April 27

Although most sectors of Russia’s economy are under heavy sanctions, the EU continues to import billions of euros’ worth of Russian fossil fuels:

Financial Times: EU takes bulk of €63bn in Russian fossil fuel exports during Ukraine war, April 28
Le Temps: La guerre n’a pas tari les exportations énergétiques de la Russie, April 28
Zeit Online: Ein heikler Entzug, April 29

And fuel shortages make a deadly heatwave in India and Pakistan even more dangerous in the short term:

Financial Times: Record India heatwave raises power cut fears, April 29

In COVID visualizations, we got a closer look at India’s excess mortality. Plus, how the pandemic has affected everything from unemployment to morale in tweets:

IndiaSpend: India’s Objections To WHO COVID-19 Mortality Estimates Are Misleading, Experts Say, April 28
Bloomberg: We’re Fighting Covid With Faulty Data, April 26
Bloomberg: How Covid-19 Transformed the U.S. Economy, April 29
Le Monde: L’humeur de la planète sondée grâce aux réseaux sociaux. April 26

One breakout topic this week was deforestation:

The Washington Post: Massive wildfires helped fuel global forest losses in 2021, April 28
The Washington Post: Devouring the Rainforest, April 29

And a second, the cost of housing in U.S. cities:

Bloomberg: Manhattan Rents Soar More Than 25% Across Most Neighborhoods, April 26
The Washington Post: How D.C. region’s housing market fared in 2021 by Zip code, April 27
The Economist: How the pandemic has changed American homebuyers’ preferences, April 30

In U.S. politics, the role of media took this week’s spotlight:

The New York Times: Inside the Apocalyptic Worldview of ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’, April 30
The Economist: Republican senators gained almost 160,000 Twitter followers after Elon Musk’s deal, April 27

And a week after the vote, there was still more analysis of the French presidential returns:

Le Monde: La Bretagne, une terre macroniste, mais surtout anti-RN, May 1
Le Monde: Présidentielle 2022 : au second tour, l’électorat Mélenchon partagé entre le vote Macron et l’abstention, April 28

Other maps covered everything from noisy streets in Paris to the geography of tuna:

Bloomberg: Europe’s Noise Capital Tries to Turn Down the Volume, April 27
Financial Times: Peter Thiel re-emerges as political force by bankrolling Trump-friendly Senate bids, May 1
Gazeta Wyborcza: Majówka z puszką w plecaku, czyli jak wybrać dobrego tuńczyka, May 2

And other charts covered topics from medical crowdfunding in the U.K. to the hippo parts market in the U.S.:

Financial Times: UK healthcare is already being privatised, but not in the way you think, April 28
The Washington Post: Why the U.S. economy shrank, April 29
The New York Times: What Does the N.W.S.L. Want to Be?, April 28
Pew Research: China’s Partnership With Russia Seen as Serious Problem for the U.S., April 28
El Diario: El edén fiscal canario: empresas y fortunas de las Islas se ahorran 5.000 millones en impuestos desde 2008, May 1
FiveThirtyEight: America Has A Thing For Hippo Parts, May 2

What else we found interesting

The Washington Post: Who’s afraid of nuclear power?, April 28
SBS News: 라면, 립스틱, 치약, 초콜릿의 공통점은?, April 28
South China Morning Post: Lockdown or locked up? What it’s like living through China’s coronavirus lockdowns, April 29
Süddeutsche Zeitung: Welche Waffen den Krieg entscheiden können, April 28

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