Data Vis Dispatch, May 23
May 23rd, 2023
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The best of last week’s big and small data visualizations
Welcome back to the 60th edition of Data Vis Dispatch! (Usually) 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.
Until the end of September, we’re taking a little late-summer break and publishing the Dispatch only every other Tuesday. You can expect the next Dispatch on September 20.
Without further ado, here’s the best from last week (and a bit from the week before). Recurring topics include the floods in Pakistan, the droughts and heat in a lot of other parts of the planet, and the increasing energy costs.
First, the devastating floods in Pakistan, caused by heavy monsoon rains in August:
While Pakistan gets too much rain, the U.S., Europe, and parts of Asia get too little. Several news organizations reported on droughts and rivers with low water levels:
Like heavy rainfalls and droughts are, hot temperatures is another consequence of climate change that the northern hemisphere had to deal with this summer. The Swiss broadcasting company SRF launched a daily updating climate dashboard, while Hungarian visualization team Atlo shows how Hungary’s weather might change until the end of the century:
To reduce CO2 emissions, we don’t need to lower ecomic growth, as many countries have demonstrated (but we should give up on cruises):
After summer comes winter – and energy becomes a more important topic. Consumers face high prices for gas and electricity, while EU countries try to fill their gas storages despite the Russia-Ukraine war:
When it comes to demographics, we learned that the Chinese population could be down to 800 or even 500 million people by the end of the century:
The terrible conflicts in the Ukraine and Taiwan brought us beautifully designed maps:
And we got more maps thanks to environmental issues, like Minnesota’s declining biodiversity – and the leak of Diesel cargo by a semi-sunken ship off the coast of Gibraltar in Spain:
Here’s some better news: We found so many visualizations about sports that it gets its own section this week 🎉!
And in our miscellaneous section, we got some interesting visualization types for you: A rotated flow chart, a hyper-detailed network graph, a connected scatterplot, a Marimekko chart and much more:
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The next Data Vis Dispatch will come out on September 20.