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2019-08-19 | J++ Newsletter #77

How hot was your summer?

We are back! Our first newsletter this fall gathers some of this summer's climate reporting, a dazzling Brexit viz and geo journalism tools.

Climate

Just like last summer there have been many reports about heat waves and temperature records. Here is a glimpse of some of the data driven reports from the summer.

Your hometown in the future
BBC made a spinning visualization on how much warmer your hometown will get.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-985b9374-596e-4ae6-aa04-7fbcae4cb7ee

This was probably made with inspiration from The New York Times' article "How Much Warmer Was Your City in 2018?".
 https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/30/climate/how-much-hotter-is-your-hometown.html

Dry soil
Another take on reporting about dry summers was made by Gregor Aisch who dug deep and found some interesting data in the European Drought Observatory:  "Almost half of Europe's soil is dryer than normal".
 https://vis4.net/drought-in-europe/

An alternative climate viz: Show your stripes
Can you show global warming without any numbers? We hope you haven't missed Professor Ed Hawkins striking stripes.
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48678196

One degree warmer
In the beginning of the summer J++ and EDJNet project One Degree Warmer reported on cities' slow response to climate change.
https://www.europeandatajournalism.eu/eng/News/Data-news/Cities-slow-to-respond-to-challenges-posed-by-climate-change

Link to the database: https://www.onedegreewarmer.eu

Brexit, bad data and The Markup

How a no-deal Brexit affects shopping
What will happen with Brexit? No one knows yet. But The Guardian has made a striking visualization on how dependent the UK is on EU when it comes to food supply: cheese, wine, bacon, chips, spinach, olives – you name it.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/ng-interactive/2019/aug/13/how-a-no-deal-brexit-threatens-your-weekly-food-shop

Bad data of the "oldest" people in the world
A study found that the record-keeping of people's age are bad in many countries and people may not be as old as we think: "When you’re looking for something exceptionally rare, your data set will be dominated by errors and false positives." 
https://www.vox.com/2019/8/8/20758813/secrets-ultra-elderly-supercentenarians-fraud-error

The Markup is back
In April we wrote about the conflicts surrounding the tech journalism site The Markup. Now it's back with Julia Angwin, who was then fired, as Editor-in-Chief. We look forward to reading their stories.
https://themarkup.org/press-release-20190806.html

Tips on tools and courses

Collaborative projects
ProPublica has set up a tool for collaborative data journalism project.
https://propublica.gitbook.io/collaborative

Guide: make a GIF from satellite images
Satellite images can show how a lake disappears or a glacier shrinks. Here is a guide how to show it with a GIF, with or without code.
https://gijn.org/2019/08/07/how-to-build-a-gif-of-satellite-imagery-in-r/

More on geo journalism: How far is it to the nearest post box? Which city will lie under water in the next big flood?

J++ will hold a course in geo-data research on the 14th to15th of October (together with Journalistförbundet). There is a possibility to apply for grants. The course will be held in Swedish.
https://jplusplus.org/sv/academy/lar-dig-grava-i-geodata/

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