Data Vis Dispatch, October 4

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

Welcome back to the 62nd 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.

After our late-summer break, we’re returning to regular weekly Dispatches! You can expect the next edition next Tuesday, October 11.

Recurring topics this week include Hurricane Ian, advances in Ukraine, and emotions.

Florida and the Southeastern United States were hit hard by Hurricane Ian last week:

Reuters: Hurricane Ian batters the Gulf Coast, September 29
Axios: Hurricane Ian slams southwest Florida with “catastrophic” storm surge, September 28
The Washington Post: Maps show the impacts of Hurricane Ian, September 24
Bloomberg: Tracking Ian’s Latest Path, September 30
The New York Times: Map: Where Hurricane Ian Hit Florida Hardest, September 29
The New York Times: Maps: Tracking Post-Tropical Cyclone Ian, September 30

We also got some background on where and why hurricanes form:

The Wall Street Journal: As Hurricane Ian Approaches, Here’s Where Hurricanes Have Hit the U.S., September 27
NASA Earth: “Hurricane Ian moved over a large fuel source on Sept. 27: warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico. This map shows sea surface temps, above 27.8° C (82.04° F) in red. Water this warm can sustain and intensify hurricanes as thermal energy moves from sea to sky,” September 28 (Tweet, Article)

The other big map news of the moment is Ukraine’s hugely successful counteroffensive in its northeast and Russia’s subsequent decision to mobilize reservists:

The New York Times: Can Ukraine Break Through Again?, September 21
Le Monde: Guerre en Ukraine : sept mois de conflit en infographie, September 24
Financial Times: The 90km journey that changed the course of the war in Ukraine, September 28
The Economist: Protests erupt across Russia, September 29

Meanwhile, two Russian gas pipelines in the Baltic have sprung mysterious leaks:

Reuters: Mystery leaks reported from Russian Nord Stream pipelines, September 27
El País: Bruselas advierte que responderá al sabotaje de los gasoductos de Rusia Nord Stream 1 y 2, September 27
The Washington Post: European leaders blame Russian ‘sabotage’ after Nord Stream explosions, September 27

When it comes to fossil fuels in general, it’s had to draw firm lines between war, politics, and climate:

The Economist: The war in Ukraine has reshaped the world’s fuel markets, September 24
Financial Times: Economics may take us to net zero all on its own, September 23
Ember Climate: The good news and bad news of India’s race to 175 GW renewables, September 22

In clear-cut politics we had elections in Italy, hard-line economic policy in the U.K., and demographic splits in the U.S. and Switzerland:

Agence France-Presse: “Depuis 1948, 65 gouvernements se sont succédés en Italie. Par @valrakovsky et Paz Pizarro,” September 23 (Tweet)
Financial Times: The Tories have become unmoored from the British people, September 30
Reuters: Sterling plunges to all-time low against the dollar, September 26
The Wall Street Journal: Where Democrats’ Grip on Minority Voters Could Slip in Midterm Elections, September 30
Le Temps: “Si #avs21 a été accepté de peu par 50,6% des votants, la Suisse romande a voté contre cette réforme à plus de 63%,” September 25 (Tweet, Article)

Several great animations deserve highlighting this week:

The New York Times: How China Targets the Global Fish Supply, September 26
The Wall Street Journal: Amazon Routinely Hired Dangerous Trucking Companies, With Deadly Consequences, September 22
The Washington Post: The housing market is cooling. What’s it like in your area?, September 20
Bloomberg: New York City’s Empty Offices Reveal a Global Property Dilemma, September 25
Bloomberg: Child Predators Use Twitch to Systematically Track Kids Livestreaming, September 21

Loneliness and anxiety on the rise, over the years and over the generations:

SBS News: 구독자, 최근에 외롭다고 느낀 적 있어?, September 22
Vice: Everyone Is Anxious and Eight Other Things We Learned From Our Mental Health Survey, September 22

Other great charts and maps covered everything from place names in India to train travel in South Africa:

Stats of India: “Many place names in India end with common suffixes. Most are regional and few are spreadout. This map visualizes 12 suffixes. (-pur,pura,puram -gaon -halli -palle -nagar -wadi -patti -abad, etc). Each dot is a village, town or city. See next video to view each individually,” September 28 (Tweet)
The Washington Post: How the NFL Blocks Black Coaches, September 21
Kontinentalist: Creating spaces for dialogue, September 29
LesEchos: Comment la baisse des vents contrarie l’éolien, September 22
The Outlier: Massive drop in train travel, September 22

What else we found interesting

Axios: Draw Your Neighborhood, September 26
USA Today: Hurricane Ian nears Florida threatening storm surge. Graphics explain the deadly weather event, September 28

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