Data Vis Dispatch,
October 5

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

Welcome back to the 16th 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 pandemic, La Palma, and the Pandora papers.

The breaking news of this week was the release of the Pandora papers — a huge leak of compromising documents from 14 offshore financial services firms:

The Guardian: Pandora papers: biggest ever leak of offshore data exposes financial secrets of rich and powerful, October 3
The Washington Post: Billions Hidden Beyond Reach, October 3
Inkyfada: أوراق باندورا | إيقل وان، شركة محسن مرزوق غير المقيمة, October 3
The Washington Post: While his country struggles, Jordan’s King Abdullah secretly splurges, October 3
Süddeutsche Zeitung: Geheimtresor für Superreiche, October 3
Süddeutsche Zeitung: Der wundersame Reichtum von Putins Freunden, October 3

If not for that surprise, elections would have once again made the top story. Several newsrooms dug deeper into Germany’s recent results to see which voters — by age, gender, and geography — were responsible for the gains of the Greens and FDP:

Neue Zürcher Zeitung: Warum zieht die FDP auf einmal so viele Jungwähler an?, September 30
Financial Times: ‘Our government forgot young people’: German youth flock to Greens and FDP, October 2
Der SPEIGEL: Der Bundestag wird etwas weiblicher, September 28
Süddeutsche Zeitung: Wo Deutschland die Ampel gewählt hat, September 30
Der SPIEGEL: Wie das Projekt Volkspartei scheiterte, October 1
Bloomberg: Like the U.S., Germany Is Divided. Unlike America, It’s Coping, September 28

Other electoral maps looked even farther back in time — to 2012 U.S. partisan geography, 30 years of Swiss party leaders by gender, and the 2019 European elections (inspired by last week’s coalition stripes in Der Spiegel):

Bloomberg: Republicans Have a Redistricting Problem as Suburbs Shift Toward Democrats, October 1
RTS: Le futur président du PLR parfaitement dans le moule, October 4
Arnold Platon: “Inspired by Der Spiegel maps of coalition geographies of the 2021 German vote, here is the same thing applied to the 2019 European elections: 1. Old GroKo: EPP+S&D, the minimum needed until 2014 to have a majority 2. The Chad Coalition (minimum since 2019),” October 1 (Tweet)

COVID news this week focused on the uneven pace of vaccination. The likelihood that you’ve already gotten a vaccine depends a lot on your continent, country, and even neighborhood:

Josh Holder: “Our global vaccination tracker has been revamped […] My favourite addition is that our regional breakdown of vaccination rates is now a Marimekko chart, so you can see how much each region contributes to global vaccination coverage,” September 29 (Tweet, Article)
El Diario: 51 países no han llegado ni al objetivo de vacunar al 10% de su población contra la COVID-19, September 30
The San Francisco Chronicle: New population figures change what we thought we knew about COVID in San Francisco, October 1

The good news: we can save a lot of lives by directing vaccines towards the most vulnerable and adopting policies that encourage reluctant people to take them.

Financial Times: Covid fight hinges on swaying older vaccine-hesitant people, October 4
The Wall Street Journal: Covid-19 Vaccinations in New York Accelerated Ahead of Healthcare Worker Mandates, October 2

But nothing can change what’s already happened: deaths on a scale so great, they wiped out many countries’ years of public health progress.

The New York Times: U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses 700,000 Despite Wide Availability of Vaccines, October 1
The Economist: In many rich countries covid-19 has slashed life expectancy to below 2015 levels, September 29

As many countries try to get back to normal, we’re seeing more assessments of the policy choices of the pandemic era — and of its ongoing economic disruptions:

Financial Times: Eurozone consumer activity returns to pre-pandemic levels, September 29
Bloomberg: Europe’s Giant Job-Saving Experiment Pays Off in Pandemic, September 28
The Economist: All of Europe is desperate for more lorry drivers, September 30
The Washington Post: Inside America’s Broken Supply Chain, September 30

In climate this week, there was a little spotlight on food production and consumption:

The Economist: Treating beef like coal would make a big dent in greenhouse-gas emissions, October 2
Scientific American: Massively Reducing Food Waste Could Feed the World, October 1

We also saw charts on the time scale of climate change — how the effects of both good and bad policy take generations to be fully realized:

Financial Times: Hole in the ozone layer widens as recovery remains in the distance, October 1
The Economist: Children born today are likely to face seven times more extreme weather events than their grandparents, September 28

The volcanic eruption on La Palma earned the title “natural disaster of the week” for the third time running:

El País: Un punto caliente bajo Canarias alimenta el volcán de La Palma y creará nuevas islas, October 1
El Confidencial: Cinco siglos en las faldas del volcán en La Palma: “Hay muy poco espacio disponible”, October 10
El País: La lengua de lava gana ya entre 5 y 10 hectáreas al mar, September 29
El Confidencial: Misión, salvar el agua de La Palma: los planes para evitar que el volcán seque el sur de la isla, October 1

And we also saw charts on hurricanes in the Atlantic — why they happen and why they’re hard to predict:

The Washington Post: How tropical storms and hurricanes have hit U.S. shores with unparalleled frequency, September 29
FiveThirtyEight: Why Past Hurricane Seasons Don’t Tell Us Much About The Future, October 5

Now we’ll rest for a bit in the “lighter note” section — where we keep vis of sports, urban density, and where to get off the train for coffee in Japan:

Infografia El Universal Mexico: “La increible temporada de Urías. Visualización de @Info_UNIVERSAL. Ilustraciones de Daniel Razo/@El_Universal_Mx,” October 4 (Tweet)
FiveThirtyEight: Sadio Mané Never Went Away, September 30
El Diario: España vive en pisos: por qué hemos construido nuestras ciudades en vertical, September 30
にゃんこそば データ可視化: “ありそうで無かったので自分で作ってみた。中央線強いな・・・ #カフェ路線図,” September 28 (Tweet)

Other charts covered everything from racial inequality to used car exports to judicial conflicts of interest:

ProPublica: In a California Desert, Sheriff’s Deputies Settle Schoolyard Disputes. Black Teens Bear the Brunt, September 29
The Washington Post: ‘Race-norming’ kept former NFL players from dementia diagnoses. Their families want answers, September 29
The Guardian: One in five shortlisted authors for top UK literary prizes in 2020 were black, October 1
Outriders: Złomowisko Zachodu, September 28
Le Monde: Après le Brexit, combien de Britanniques ont-ils choisi la France et l’Europe ?, October 1
The Star Tribune: Was selling their payments worth it?, October 3
The Wall Street Journal: Is Sheryl Sandberg’s Power Shrinking? Ten Years of Facebook Data Offers Clues, October 1
The Wall Street Journal: Federal Judges With Financial Conflicts, September 28

What else we found interesting

Contracorriente: Las desconocidas sociedades offshore de Pepe Lobo mientras era presidente de Honduras, October 3
El Confidencial: Desmontando al clan sirio vinculado a la yihad que movía los hilos del Islam en España, October 3 Pandora Papers: V hlavní roli Andrej Babiš, October 3
El Universo: ‘Sky’, el yate que Luis Miguel escondió tras una empresa de las Islas Vírgenes Británicas, October 5
Direkt36: Rogán Antal és Mészáros Lőrinc bizalmasainak titkos külföldi üzleteire is fény derül a legújabb offshore-kiszivárgásban, October 4

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