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2021-08-24 | J++ Newsletter #115

The IPCC climate report came with bad news - but great charts. The improved visuals have rightly been applauded by many in the dataviz community. Not least the impressive communication of uncertainty deserves a special mention.

On a similar note, Datawrapper’s Lisa Charlotte Rost pulled together coverage of the report, zooming in on the visualisations, and how newsrooms have gone about about recreating them.

In other climate news

Environmental inequity: The New York Times has done a really smart analysis of neighbourhoods’ median income and canopy cover (or lack thereof).

Another climate-related geographical analysis comes from the SF Chronicle, who’ve looked at how housing inaffordability is leading more and more Californians to move to fire zones.

Our sister company Newsworthy took a deep dive into how much worse heat waves are going to get by the end of the century, looking at the parts of Sweden that can expect to face greatest health risks, with a combination of many hot days and a large elderly population.


Ok Google, how do I learn data science? Data scientist Brooke Talbot analysed her own search history to find out what questions she was asking and when, and shared the code in this tutorial
Finally: were heatwaves actually worse in the 1930s? (No.) Climate scientist Andrew Dessler put together a great rebuttal of a viral chart, which serves as a pedagogical explanation of the risks with cherrypicking data.
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