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100 Days of Beautiful News

Happy Birthday Beautiful News! We’ve just published the 100th graphic in our project celebrating good news, positive trends, uplifting statistics and facts. To celebrate, we’ve compiled a few uplifting statistics about the Beautiful News project itself. We’ve published 12 Clean Energy graphics, 5 on Conflict & Crime, 17 on Eco & Climate, 28 on Health, 7 on Nature & Animals, 15 on Quality of Life, 7 on Society & Community,...

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Make 2020 The Year You Learn Dataviz

Enjoy our visualization work? Seen our interactives? Loving Beautiful News? Tickets are selling fast for our London workshop on 14 January 2020. David McCandless, founder of Information is Beautiful, offers you training on his concept-driven process and method for creating successful, impactful and memorable dataviz and infographics. Participants have described our workshops as “awesome”, and “amazing” (check out more attendee feedback). We’ll also be in Canada in April 2020. Sign...

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£Billions UK Pounds Visualized

UK election time and all parties, as per usual, are blasting £BILLIONS into the headlines. Here’s some fresh visualized context for those numbers. Created by @vizsweet. » See the visualisation » See the data

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Seaweed: Food, Fertilizer, Feed & Fuel

Fast-growing kelp forests can deliver biofuels, biofertilizer, animal feed additives, and even tasty, nutritious food – while sucking carbon out of the atmosphere in the process. To create this all-encompassing explainer on the benefits of seaweed, we spoke to scientific experts and reviewed all of the latest reports and research. » Check out our findings » See the data

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A sneak peek of our new project: Beautiful News

We’ve just quietly launched something. It’s called Beautiful News. It surfaces and visualises all the amazing things happening in the world. The things we don’t see because we’re fixated on the drama and horror of the news. It’s been a year in the making – research, visualisation and design. And it will gently unfold over this coming year – a chart a day. Stay tuned on your preferred channel: Email,...

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The World’s Largest and Most Notable Energy Sources

What’s the world’s largest power plant? How does solar compare to nuclear, coal and gas? How much of the world’s renewable energy potential are we using? Understanding the world’s energy systems isn’t easy, so we’ve made it a little simpler with this ranking of the world’s biggest and most notable power plants. » Power through to the graphic » See the data

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A Curated Library of Essential Dataviz Books

A filterable chart of dataviz books that we think everyone should read. We excluded books about specific tools or programming concepts, but you’ll find them in the full datasheet. Crowdsourced with the help of the Data Visualization Society Did we miss any? Send a suggestion. » Check out our recommendations

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Fact-Checking The Vegan Netflix Documentary ‘What The Health’

I’ve been vegetarian for 26 years. Never managed to make the leap to vegan though. Cheese and eggs. Cheese and eggs. I’m working on it. Here’s my motivational breakdown: It’s been interesting to witness the abrupt mainstreaming of vegan and plant-based diets in recent years. But less interesting to have so many friends suddenly start lecturing me how cruel the meat industry is, how unhealthy red meat is, how environmentally...

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What is Methane And Where Does it Come From?

What is natural gas? Where does methane gas come from? Is methane a greenhouse gas? How much methane do cows produce? All these questions are answered by our comprehensive methane cycle infographic. » Methane explained » See the data

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Learn the Art of Data Visualization in NYC

Tickets are selling fast for our NYC workshop on 18 June. David McCandless, founder of Information is Beautiful, offers you training on his process and method for creating successful dataviz and infographics. Participants have described it as “awesome”, “amazing” and “one of the best I’ve attended” (check out more workshop feedback). » Get your ticket now » Other upcoming workshops    

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