Data Vis Dispatch, September 12

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

Welcome back to the 110th 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 summer heat, transportation, and the earthquake in Morocco.

A major earthquake struck Morocco Friday night, killing thousands in the region south of Marrakech:

The New York Times: Death Toll Surpasses 2,000 From Strong Quake in Morocco, September 11
The Washington Post: The earthquake’s destruction in Morocco in maps, videos and photos, September 9
Zeit Online: Mindestens 820 Tote nach Erdbeben in Marokko, September 9
The Wall Street Journal: Earthquake-Hit Moroccans Grow Desperate as Aid Faces Hurdles, September 11
Financial Times: ‘Completely destroyed’: Morocco’s mountain villages count human cost of earthquake, September 11

We saw visualizations on the present and future of dangerous heat:

The Washington Post: Climate-linked ills threaten humanity, September 5
The Washington Post: Where dangerous heat is surging, September 5
The Washington Post: Sweltering Dubai stays cool with indoor skiing and snow cinemas, September 10

As well as other climate and environmental topics:

The Washington Post: Tired of feeling hopeless about climate change? Take a look at these charts, September 6
Zeit Online: Fast ein Sommer, wie er früher einmal war, September 5
Financial Times: Flash floods on dry ground around the world follow record heatwaves, September 10
Süddeutsche Zeitung: Wie geht es dem Wald?, September 8
The New York Times: A Colorado City Has Been Battling for Decades to Use Its Own Water, September 5

There were charts and maps on transport from the everyday to the luxurious:

The Wall Street Journal: India Spends Big on What It Needs Most to Catch Up to China, September 11
Folha de S.Paulo: Congonhas cresce e ultrapassa Guarulhos nas maiores rotas domésticas, September 11
Zeit Online: Wo die dicken Dinger fahren, September 7
The Wall Street Journal: Private Jets and Pop-Up Workspaces: Boeing Eases Return to Office for Top Brass, September 11

And on both sides of the aisle in U.S. politics:

The Washington Post: Which co-defendants face the most charges in Georgia election case, September 6
The New York Times: Consistent Signs of Erosion in Black and Hispanic Support for Biden, September 5

Other visualizations covered everything from big-picture causes of death to cheating in tennis to a history of coups:

Our World in Data/Saloni Dattani: “Here’s a new chart I made on causes of death over time and age for @OurWorldInData. Using data from France, it shows: – death rates rises exponentially with age – rates have declined over time – across age groups – but surged during major events like WWII & the AIDS epidemic,” September 5 (Tweet, Article)
Financial Times: The danger of building strong narratives on weak data, September 9
The Washington Post: The Maestro, September 7
Bloomberg: Mexico’s Moment: The Biggest US Trading Partner Is No Longer China, September 12
The Wall Street Journal: Amateurs Pile Into 24-Hour Options: ‘It’s Just Gambling’, September 12
The New York Times: Explore How Income Influences Attendance at 139 Top Colleges, September 11
Le Monde: Depuis 1950, près de cinq cents coups d’Etat tentés ou réussis, surtout en Amérique du Sud et en Afrique, September 11

What else we found interesting

Reuters: Searching for life in the rubble, September 11
Financial Times: Generative AI exists because of the transformer. This is how it works, September 12
Reuters: Rubble and Ruin, September 5

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