Data Vis Dispatch, October 25

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

Welcome back to the 65th 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 resignation of Liz Truss, inflation and food security, sports, and… Taylor Swift.

The resignation of Liz Truss as the U.K.’s prime minister on her 45th day in office was followed by a tidal wave of bar charts comparing her tenure to those of her predecessors and other notable events.

The Economist: Liz Truss is Britain’s shortest-serving prime minister, October 20
The Financial Times: The Tories have a long, long way to come back, October 20
NBC News: Liz Truss’ short tenure as U.K. prime minister, in one chart, October 20
Quartz: Liz Truss has resigned after 44 days in power that plunged the UK into chaos, October 20
Tortoise Media: Daily Sensemaker, October 21

Other themes related to the changes in Downing Street included betting odds, satisfaction scores, and support for new candidates.

The Economist: How long can Liz Truss last?, October 18
The Guardian: Liz Truss’s brief, tumultuous tenure as prime minister – in six stark charts, October 20
The Financial Times: Tory leadership election tracker, October 24
AFP: UK PM Liz Truss announces election for successor by end of next week, October 20

Ukrainian armed forces continued their advance against Russia and reclaimed more territory. The approaching winter will, however, make Ukraine more vulnerable to attacks on key infrastructure, with 45% of buildings connected to central heating. The number of Russian drone attacks surged in October.

The Financial Times: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in maps — latest updates, October 24
The Wall Street Journal: Ukraine’s Home Heating Network Threatened by Russian Attacks, October 22
Szabad Európa: A valaha volt legnagyobb drónháború Ukrajnában, October 24

The German Foreign Office explored the data behind climate change and conflict, one of the many reasons to take a closer look at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, be it with the help of renewables or carbon capture.

Stefan Reifenberg/Federal Foreign Office: “New #svelte project finally released today! Check our #scrollytelling analysing the effects of #climate and #conflict over at Concept and visuals by @moritz_stefaner & @flaviogortana. Unbelievable how much i learned from this project. @SvelteSociety” October 19 (Tweet, Website)
The New Statesman: Emissions must now fall twice as fast as they have increased, October 21
Bloomberg: Clean Energy Has a Tipping Point, and 87 Countries Have Reached It, October 18
The Financial Times: ‘Put up or shut up’: can Big Oil prove the case for carbon capture?, October 20

Xi Jinping secured an unprecedented third term as China’s leader, one of the seven men who will rule the country. The state of the Chinese economy is, however, becoming more of a mystery with thousands of performance indicators being discontinued in recent years.

The Straits Times: The 7 men who will rule China, October 23
The Financial Times: China’s GDP blackout isn’t fooling anyone, October 21

The U.S. midterm elections are around the corner — traditionally a difficult time for the president and their party.

FiveThirtyEight: The Polls Are Getting Better For Republicans, October 24
Pew Research Center: Biden’s job rating is similar to Trump’s but lower than that of other recent presidents, October 20

The New York Times offers an in-depth (and interactive) look at the Biden administration’s spending and revenue — the bills that had been proposed and the ones that passed.

The New York Times: See Everything the White House Wanted, and Everything It Got, October 20

In Europe, high energy costs continued to drive inflation. In Argentina, the poverty line went up because of the rising prices of food and clothes. In Brazil, food security is a growing problem for families with small children. And in the United States, poorer neighborhoods get slower internet speeds.

De Tijd: Uitgelegd | Waarom de Belgische inflatie verschilt van die in de rest van Europa, October 19
Neue Zürcher Zeitung: Deutschland verstromt wieder mehr Gas als im Vorjahr – und alles Weitere zur Energiekrise in 15 Grafiken, October 21
La Nación: Dato oficial: una familia necesitó $128.214 para no ser pobre en septiembre, October 19
NEXO: A insegurança alimentar entre as crianças brasileiras, October 19
The Markup: Dollars to Megabits, You May Be Paying 400 Times As Much As Your Neighbor for Internet Service, October 19

The state of university education was discussed (and visualized) in the U.S., France, and Brazil.

FiveThirtyEight: Is College Worth It? Voters Are Split., October 24
Libération: La très inégale répartition sociale des élèves dans l’enseignement privé et le public, October 18
NEXO: Custeio e investimento em universidade caem 35% sob Bolsonaro, October 20

The sports enthusiasts turned their attention to the budget for the Olympics and the past and future participants of the FIFA World Cup.

Le Monde: JO de Paris 2024 : entre inflation, sponsors et économies à trouver, un budget difficile à équilibrer, October 19
The Outlier: Qatar 2022 spots by continent, October 19
AFP: Tous les buteurs en Coupe du monde depuis 1930 parmi les sélections qualifiées pour la FIFA World Cup, October 19

But that’s not all. Other data vis covered themes ranging from the history of the flu to common causes of data center accidents to some of the most popular songs by Taylor Swift.

SBS News: 카톡이 먹통이었던 주말 어땠어?, October 19
Our World in Data: How many people die from the flu?, October 20
The Wall Street Journal: What Is America’s Favorite Taylor Swift Song? Poll Results May Surprise Fans, October 20

What else we found interesting

The Boston Globe: Massachusetts’ little state dinosaur, a ‘tough, spunky underdog from Holyoke,’ gets a big welcome, October 19
Daily Overview: Beach chairs and parasols dot the shoreline of #Rimini Beach, in northern #Italy, October 18

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