The best of last week’s big and small data visualizations
Welcome back to the 22nd 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 the U.N. climate conference, Argentina’s midterm elections, and the 30 Day Map Challenge.
Talks concluded at the COP26 climate conference this weekend with updated goals to limit emissions and global warming. These charts compared the new promises to current trajectories and ideal outcomes:
International climate agreements rely on bigger polluters taking more responsibility. But that calculation is trickier than it might sound:
These maps brought it all back down to earth (and to Earth) with a closer look at a few of our biggest environmental problems:
In COVID charts, let’s start with vaccination this week. Some of the news is still great — vaccines work really well, and booster doses help them work even better:
Some of the news is getting better, as vaccination slowly picks up speed in Africa:
And some of the news is frustrating, as countries with high vaccine availability nevertheless endure their highest-ever case rates:
We often have a section on the pandemic-era economy and society. But in a lot of cases, not even the experts agree on how or whether a new trend is related to the pandemic. So today, let’s throw it all together in a section called “some things are just not working that great”:
On to politics! Argentina held its midterm elections this weekend, and La Nación was busy visualizing the results:
Other sources dealt with political ideology, like The Economist’s charts on how Twitter’s algorithm gives an outsized boost to right-wing and factually inaccurate sources:
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(she/her, @rosemintzers) is a data vis writer on Datawrapper's communications team. She likes words, numbers, pictures, and all possible combinations of the same. Rose lives in Berlin.