Data Vis Dispatch, September 26

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

Welcome back to the 112th 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.

The Dispatch will go on a break next week for German Unity Day, so take your time with this one — recurring topics include air pollution, local census data, and UAW strikes.

In the U.S., the United Auto Workers strike has expanded to 41 worksites in its second week:

The Wall Street Journal: UAW Strikes at More GM and Stellantis Sites, But Spares Ford, September 22
The New York Times: Here Are the Locations Where U.A.W. Strikes Are Happening, September 22
The Wall Street Journal: Auto CEOs Make 300 Times What Workers Make. How That Stacks Up, September 25
The Wall Street Journal: UAW’s Demand for 32-Hour Workweek Takes Back Seat in Talks, September 21

In fact we saw lots of charts on economic topics in general, especially related to labor issues and interest rates:

The Wall Street Journal: Why America Has a Long-Term Labor Crisis, in Six Charts, September 25
Bloomberg: Corporate America Promised to Hire a Lot More People of Color. It Actually Did, September 26
Financial Times: Are we destined for a zero-sum future?, September 22
The Wall Street Journal: Watching the Real-Estate Bust From the Streets of San Francisco, September 23
The New York Times: Federal Reserve Meeting: Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged, September 20
Financial Times: Federal Reserve signals fresh rate rise this year and fewer cuts in 2024, September 20

The climate topics of the week were air pollution and wildfire:

The Guardian: Revealed: almost everyone in Europe is breathing toxic air, September 20
The Wall Street Journal: Wildfire Smoke Is Erasing Gains From Decades of Cleaner Air, September 20
Axios: El Niño’s global impact, September 21
The Wall Street Journal: Maui Firefighters Took Lunch as Lahaina Blaze Seemed Dead. Then It Grew, September 19
Folha de S.Paulo: Desmatamento destrói até 92% no entorno de terras indígenas na Amazônia, September 19
The Guardian: Eastern Australia sweltered under heatwaves this week. How unusual were they?, September 21

And we also saw charts and maps on the full range of possible climate solutions and non-solutions:

The Washington Post: Addicted to cool: How the dream of air conditioning turned into the dark future of climate change, September 21
The New York Times: ‘Monster Fracks’ Are Getting Far Bigger. And Far Thirstier, September 25
Financial Times: US climate chief rails at Asian coal as geopolitical tensions shadow UN summit, September 21
Carbon Brief: Can ‘carbon offsets’ help to tackle climate change?, September 25
Financial Times: Can Europe go green without China’s rare earths?, September 20

Two great stories this week used census data to look at local population trends:

StarTribune: New census data details diversity in Minnesota’s population, September 20
The San Francisco Chronicle: This chart ranks Bay Area’s most populous cities over past 100 years, September 25

There were maps on the progress of Ukraine’s counteroffensive and on the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh:

The New York Times: Ukraine Has Gained Ground. But It Has Much Farther To Go, September 20
The Wall Street Journal: Ukraine Sends First Armored Vehicles Through Breach in Russian Defense, September 21
Le Figaro/Dario Ingiusto: “Le conflit au Haut-Karabakh, entre la population arménienne séparatiste et l’état azerbaïdjanais, est parmi les situation géopolitiques les plus complexes de ces dernières décennies,” September 25 (Tweet, Article)

And on guns and gun violence in America:

The Wall Street Journal: The Selling of America’s Most Controversial Gun, September 22
CNN: American classrooms increase safety measures due to school shootings, September 22

Other charts looked at everything from undecided voters to the 2023 Asian Games:

The Wall Street Journal: Meet the Voters Who Are Up for Grabs in a Biden-Trump Race, September 26
The Wall Street Journal: Children Fed on Grass, No Medication for Rape Victims: Aid to African Crises Cut Back as Needs Soar, September 23
SBS News: R&D 예산이 삭감됐다는데…무슨 일이야?, September 21
South China Morning Post: Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou, China, September 22

Finally, maps on corporate networking and Indian metro systems:

The Wall Street Journal: How Leaders Survive—and Win—the Olympics of Networking, September 21
Ganesh Babu: “India has been busy building new and expanding existing metro systems all around the country. I wanted to see how they compare (in terms of size) next to the beast that is the Delhi metro, one of the largest in the world,” September 25 (Tweet)

What else we found interesting

The Washington Post: How protesters bake political rebellion into mooncakes, September 21
The Washington Post: Explore the evolution of beer, from Stone Age sludge to craft brews, September 19
The Wall Street Journal: NASA’s Osiris-REx Mission Brings Home Largest Asteroid Sample Ever Collected, September 24

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