Data Vis Dispatch, November 1

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

Welcome back to the 66th 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 elections (not only) in Brazil, energy and mining, and the #30DayMapChallenge.

Former president Lula defeated Bolsonaro in the second round of Brazil’s presidential election on Sunday, October 30. Charts and maps covered mostly election results but also what Lula’s presidency might mean for the markets and the Amazon rainforest.

NEXO: Resultado das eleições presidenciais no 2° turno de 2022 por município, October 30
Folha de S.Paulo: Lula conquista 368 cidades onde Haddad perdeu em 2018, October 31
Folha de S.Paulo: Eleição mais apertada da história tem virada pró-Bolsonaro em 251 cidades e nenhuma para Lula, October 31
NEXO: Bolsonaro e Lula gastam R$ 42 milhões em anúncios no Google, October 26
Bloomberg: Brazil Rulers, October 31
Le Monde: Election présidentielle au Brésil : les conséquences désastreuses pour la forêt amazonienne en cas de victoire de Jair Bolsonaro, October 29

Next up: U.S. midterm elections. With only a week to go, newsrooms are busy analyzing and visualizing everything from voters’ main concerns to campaign messaging.

FiveThirtyEight: Voters Don’t Think Either Party Deserves To Govern, October 27
FiveThirtyEight: Overturning Roe Has Meant At Least 10,000 Fewer Legal Abortions, October 30
The Financial Times: Britain and America’s electoral geographies are broken, October 28
The Washington Post: What more than 1,000 political ads are arguing right before the midterms, October 25
The Economist: How will Elon Musk shape Twitter?, October 31

In other political news, Malaysia will hold a general election on November 19, protests in Iran continue, and Ukraine faces Russia’s attacks with foreign support. Xi Jinping breaks with political tradition in China.

The Straits Times: Malaysia GE2022: Will it return a strong majority government?, October 29
USA Today: Russia using self-detonating Iranian ‘Shahed-136’ drones in Ukraine. How the weapons are used, October 27
Gazeta Wyborcza: Kto pomaga Ukrainie? Jakby nie liczyć, Polska w czołówce. Ale szykujmy się na długi marsz, October 27
The New York Times: How Russia Pays for War, October 30
Bloomberg: How Xi’s Shakeup Shattered Decades of Succession Rules in China, October 26

Energy production, consumption, and dependency remain major topics around the world:

LesEchos: Le tableau de bord de l’énergie : la France va-t-elle passer l’hiver ?, October 31
Le Monde: Le subtil pilotage du réseau électrique en France pour éviter la panne : nucléaire, renouvelables, consommation, importations…, October 26
EMBER: Wind and solar overtake coal in Chile, October 25
La Data Cuenta: Costa Rica: una matriz eléctrica basada en renovables brinda seguridad energética ante crisis internacionales, October 28
The Financial Times: European consumers cut back on discretionary spending, October 30

Rare earth minerals have become another crucial resource. Mining might be less land-intensive but it brings its own negative impacts — on the environment, workers’ health, and vulnerable communities.

Bloomberg: It’s Better to Mine the World’s Rainforests Than Farm Them, October 30
Kontinentalist: Uncovering Myanmar’s rear earth, October 27

Speaking of renewable energy: Who kills more birds – wind turbines or cats?

SBS News: 착한 줄만 알았던 재생에너지의 나비효과는?, October 26

Every year, the end of October is a scary and dangerous time to be out on the streets. Apart from a regular spike in car accidents involving pedestrians, this year’s Halloween was marked by a tragic crowd crush in Seoul.

USA Today: Halloween safety guide: Illustrated tips for parents and trick-or-treaters, October 28
The Straits Times: South Korea Halloween crowd crush: How the tragedy unfolded, October 30

Other topics this week include social benefits in Berlin, troublesome street names in Munich, and unequal birthrates during the pandemic:

Berliner Morgenpost: Stütze vom Staat, October 30
Süddeutsche Zeitung: Was bleibt?, October 28
The Economist: American-born women had more babies during the pandemic, October 27

Finally, the #30DayMapChallenge has begun and we’ll be bringing you amazing maps throughout November. Starting today with #points!

Topi Tjukanov: “30DayMapChallenge Day 1: Points representing windfarms around the globe. Point size == capacity. Data: Global Wind Power Tracker, Global Energy Monitor, May 2022 release,” November 1 (Tweet, Vis)
Andrew Douglas-Clifford: “Day 1 of #30DayMapChallenge – Points. A 👉 map pointing you to all the peninsula points in New Zealand,” October 31 (Tweet)

What else we found interesting

The Washington Post: D.C.’s great rat migration — and how they survived during the pandemic, October 28
Cara Thompson: “For this week’s #TidyTuesday Technical Challenge, I decided to recreate one of @januszbakes’s iconic drip cakes using data from the #GBBO,” October 27 (Tweet)
Krisztina Szűcs: “Daylight Saving Time ended today in many European countries but it always ends a week later in most of North America (see the small “jump” in the gif).🤯 Is it really because this way children can go trick-or-treating in more daylight?”, October 30 (Tweet)

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