Maps

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Maps of wildfire smoke pollution

Wildfire obviously damages the areas it comes in direct contact with, but wildfire smoke can stretch much farther. Based on research by Childs et al., Mira Rojanasakul, for The New York Times, shows how pollution from smoke spread between 2006 and 2020. My kids’ rooms still have air filters from a few years ago, when a fire many miles away made the sky orange and our indoor environment smokey. Tags:...

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Climate and the San Francisco fog

A reliable dense fog in San Francisco is a defining characteristic of the city, to the delight of some and less delight to others, but the pattern of fog could be on its way out as the climate changes. Scott Reinhard, for The New York Times, visualized the flow of fog and what sucks it into the bay. That intro image is something. Tags: climate, fog, New York Times, San...

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Map of mega warehouses in the United States

With the growth in online shopping over the years, companies required more space to store their products, which gave rise to mega warehouses (more than 100k square feet) across the country. Judith Lewis Mernit and Geoff McGhee describe and show the growth with a map. Tags: shopping, Sierra, warehouses

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Emissions from fires in the Arctic

Reuters reported on the fires in the Arctic and the relatively high levels of carbon emissions they release in the atmosphere. The map above shows carbon emissions from wildfire in 2021, and the chart on the right shows totals by latitude, which emphasizes the geography in the north. The illustrations, which I appreciate and have become more of a norm in Reuters pieces, round out the maps and charts with...

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Splitting the US population evenly, with arbitrary shapes

By Engaging Data, this interactive map shows various splits of the United States with the condition that each division has the same population: This visualization lets you divide the US into 1,2,3,4,5,8 and 10 different segments with equal population and across different dimensions. The divisions are made using counties as the building blocks (of which there are 3143 in the US). There are numerous different ways to make the divisions....

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China’s possible blockade around Taiwan

It appears China wants to impose a blockade around Taiwan with ships, submarines, and airplanes. The New York Times mapped the possibility and how it could disrupt life in and around the island. Tags: blockade, China, New York Times, Taiwan

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Where restaurant chains dominate

Researchers Xiaofan Liang and Clio Andris estimated the percentage of restaurants that are chains and independent to identify “McCities”: These high chainness McCities are prevalent in the Midwestern and the Southeastern United States. Independent restaurants were associated with dense pedestrian-friendly environments, highly educated populations, wealthy populations, racially diverse neighborhoods, and tourist areas. Low chainness was also associated with East and West Coast cities. Check out the interactive map here. Tags:...

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Meteorologist delighted by surprise map interaction

Meteorologist Greg Dutra was delivering the daily weather news for ABC Chicago and accidentally discovered that his map was interactive when he touched the screen: This wasn’t in the training manual! @TBrownABC7 @valwarnertv and I go OFF THE RAILS when I discovered the TV is a touch screen while on-air on @ABC7Chicago pic.twitter.com/almrdxqz3d — Greg Dutra (@DutraWeather) August 4, 2022 It’s good, wholesome joy from a data display, in case...

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Worst drought in Europe, in 500 years

Dominic Royé mapped river discharge in Europe over the past few months: A single map for the worst #drought in 500 years in Europe. The river discharge anomaly based on reanalysis data from June to August 12 2022, shows an average negative anomaly of -29%, even reaching less than -62% at some points. #rstats #dataviz pic.twitter.com/LSGMfS52Lm — Dr. Dominic Royé (@dr_xeo) August 14, 2022 This climate change thing seems real....

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EV charging road trip

We hear about electric vehicles being the future, but for that to happen, people eventually need to be able to drive long distances without getting stranded. For Bloomberg Green, Kyle Stock and Jeremy C.F. Lin frame this in the context of American summer road trip. If you drive a non-Tesla EV, you’re going to run into some challenges. Tags: Bloomberg, electric vehicle, road trip

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