The best of last week’s big and small data visualizations
Lisa Charlotte Muth
Welcome back to the 13th 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 elections, COVID in children, and long-term climate data.
Elections were in the air this week. Across Canada, Germany, and Argentina, the news doesn’t look good for ruling parties:
Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s legislature is being gutted by Beijing, the governor of California faces a recall vote, and the New York Times imagines an America with six major parties:
In the vaccinated world, children are the face of the latest coronavirus wave:
But cases and hospitalizations are up among all age groups. The good news? Vaccines are still highly effective, and “health passport” programs to promote them haven’t hurt the return of business and tourism:
On the subject of climate, there’s less good news to offer. Long-term warming isn’t just making our present summers hotter — it’s hiding the evidence by melting the ice cores that scientists use to study prehistoric temperatures:
The environmental consequences include drought and flood:
And the psychological effects are heavy as well:
Other maps this week showed us the afterlives of the World Trade Center buildings, international missions of the European Union, a territorial dispute over rare earths mining, and racial inequalities in urban planning:
And finally, other charts covered everything from biodiversity to elite tennis meltdowns to Confederate monuments (with plenty more in between):
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Lisa Charlotte Muth
(@lisacmuth, formerly Lisa Charlotte Rost) is responsible for the communication at Datawrapper, especially the blog. She's been writing about data vis for years and is excited to learn and teach.