Data Vis Dispatch,
November 9

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

Welcome back to the 21st 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, cities and housing, and the Virginia governor’s race.

It was another big week in data vis for the climate and environment. These maps and charts put the spotlight on deforestation:

Bloomberg: The World’s Addiction to Palm Oil Is Only Getting Worse, November 5
Axios: Protected land status determines a forest’s fate, November 3
The Washington Post: The world has pledged to stop deforestation before. But trees are still disappearing at an ‘untenable rate.’, November 3
Quartz: Brazil is failing to stop illegal logging of the Amazon, November 2

And these covered industrial pollution and emissions, starting with a major investigation from ProPublica on cancer-causing pollution in the U.S.:

ProPublica: The Most Detailed Map of Cancer-Causing Industrial Air Pollution in the U.S., November 2
The Economist: Why is India’s air so toxic?, November 5
Le Monde: En Europe, l’opération survie de l’industrie lourde, November 8
Bloomberg: Apple Must Embrace This Word in Tackling Climate Change, November 4
Bloomberg: BP Looks Dirtier Than Exxon in New Data From Giant U.S. Oil Field, November 2

These charts looked into the fossil fuel transition — where the world stands now and where it needs to go:

Our World In Data: If we want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions we should not pay people to burn fossil-fuels, November 3
Financial Times: How does Europe get its gas?, November 4
The Washington Post: Countries’ climate pledges built on flawed data, Post investigation finds, November 7
The Guardian: Half world’s fossil fuel assets could become worthless by 2036 in net zero transition, November 4
Financial Times: COP26: where does all the climate finance money go?, November 3
Energy Monitor: Energy Monitor’s power transition tracker: The Americas, November 3
The Washington Post: Toronto is home to the world’s largest lake-powered cooling system. Here’s how it works, November 5
El País: ¿Cómo será 2060? El mapa con nuestros posibles futuros climáticos, November 7
Financial Times: Draw your own chart: test your climate change knowledge, November 3

This week’s COVID headline is a wave of cases in Europe that shows no signs of having peaked:

The Economist: As winter draws near, covid-19 threatens Europe once again, November 5
Financial Times: Rising Covid infections in Europe spark fears of new wave, November 5
Financial Times: Russia’s excess mortality soars since start of Covid pandemic, November 2
Neue Zürcher Zeitung: Warum die Kliniken schlechter dastehen als vor einem Jahr – obwohl es weniger Corona-Patienten gibt, November 4

By the case numbers, many countries are right back where they were last fall. But vaccination has changed the shape of those outbreaks:

Le Monde: Covid-19 : les non-vaccinés douze fois plus nombreux que les vaccinés en soins critiques, November 8
Süddeutsche Zeitung: Vor dem Sturm, November 2
Libération: Vaccination : où en est la 3e dose en France et dans le monde ?, November 4
NBC News: The new faces of Covid deaths, November 2
USA Today: These charts show how the economy is recovering from pandemic’s uncertainty, November 8

Last Tuesday was Election Day in the U.S. The race to watch was in Virginia, where Republican Glenn Youngkin was elected governor:

FiveThirtyEight: How Republicans Swept A Bluish State, November 3
The New York Times: Rough Night for Democrats Exposes the Party’s Weakness, November 3
The Washington Post: How Youngkin shifted the vote toward Republicans across Virginia, November 3
The Washington Post: Exit poll results from the 2021 election for Virginia governor, November 2
Bloomberg: Republicans Find Post-Trump Formula to Battle for Exurban Voters, November 3

Other political charts looked at everything from campaign finance in Tunisia to media interviews in Spain:

Inkyfada: الحملة الإنتخابية لتشريعيات 2019: بيانات تفصيلية لأهم تجاوزات القائمات الممثلة في البرلمان, November 8
The San Francisco Chronicle: We used an algorithm to score S.F. supervisors from progressive to moderate, November 8
El Confidencial: Tú a laSexta, yo a la COPE y todos a TVE: a qué medios van los partidos cuando gobiernan, November 7

Government and business were in the news this week, with a corporate crackdown in China and plans for new taxes in the U.S.

Bloomberg: In Just One Year, Beijing’s Crackdown Has Changed Corporate China Forever, November 2
The Washington Post: Biden’s minimum tax proposal could hit these ultra-profitable corporations, November 5

Cities and housing were hot topics as well, with a particular focus on housing prices and homelessness:

Menileda: “Et pour les polygones du 3ème jour du #30DayMapChallenge une petite exploitation de la couche des bâtiments de la BD TOPO de l’#IGN, avec l’utilisation des champs de date d’apparition et de hauteur, le tout sur les deux plus grosses villes du département de l’#Hérault. Réal #QGIS,” November 3 (Tweet)
Financial Times: Boris Johnson’s radical planning reform for housebuilding in England hangs in balance, November 7
The Los Angeles Times: L.A. sheriff’s deputies use minor stops to search bicyclists, with Latinos hit hardest, November 4

These charts visualized wars past, present, and hopefully-not-future, with a special feature from the The Courier in Dundee on the victims of WWI:

The Courier: The 6,089 Dundee WW1 victims: Search their names, ages, ranks and addresses
Nathan Ruser: “With indications that the Tigray Defense Force (+ allies) is closing in on Addis Ababa following their capture of Dessie, this graph shows a profile of territorial control along the Eritrea-Addis Ababa road. Ethiopian forces have lost control of 715km of the road since June,” November 3 (Tweet)
Reuters: T-DAY: The Battle for Taiwan, November 5

Other charts covered social and economic topics from fertility treatments to primary education to unemployment — plus a revisit to the volcanic eruption on La Palma:

El Confidencial: La trampa de los tratamientos de fertilidad en Europa: cómo dejan fuera a miles de mujeres, November 2
Our World In Data: Almost 60 million children in primary school age are not in school, November 2
El Diario: Octubre registra datos históricos de empleo con 160.000 trabajadores más y un descenso inédito del paro, November 3
The Economist: A handful of items are driving inflation in America, November 6
Le Temps: Comment Credit Suisse a perdu le contrôle, November 4
El País: El volcán al desnudo: cómo interpretar las señales de la erupción de La Palma, November 6

What else we found interesting

The Wall Street Journal: We Compared ‘Taylor’s Version’ Songs With the Original Taylor Swift Albums, November 8
ProPublica: Can Air Pollution Cause Cancer? What You Need to Know About the Risks, November 2
Quartz: The first global carbon market could be a gamechanger for the climate, if COP26 can make it work, November 2
South China Morning Post: South China Morning Post: a Hong Kong story, November 6
The New York Times: The Untold Story of Sushi in America, November 5
Kontinentalist: Buckle down! Let’s talk about sustainable fashion, November 3
Jules Grandin: “Toujours beaucoup d’amour sur le projet « Comprehensive geography », un manuel de 1877 pour apprendre à dessiner des cartes. Avec plein de moyens cartographiques mnémotechniques, par exemple visez-moi cette page de « comparative shapes »,” November 9 (Tweet)
xkcd: Painbow Award, November 3

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