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2020-11-27 | J++ Newsletter #102
In this our 102nd bi-weekly newsletter, we look at some new or newly updated climate related databases. Do you have suggestions for things we should cover next time? Let us know at stockholm@jplusplus.org!

Deadline approaching


For our Swedish colleagues: This is the last week to apply for Publicistklubben grants, and the perfect opportunity for us to remind you that we still have seats left in our two-days introductory course to data journalism in March:
https://jplusplus.org/sv/academy/datajournalistikens-grunder/ (Swedish)
Head over to https://hierta.foreningshuset.se/ to apply. The deadline is Monday, November 30.

New and updated databases


The Global Coal Exit List is an annually updated database of companies in the coal industry run by German NGO Urgewald. It has just had its 2020 data update, so if you haven't checked it out before, now is a good time!
https://coalexit.org/

As emissions trading is becoming an increasingly important tool for climate change mitigation, monitoring the trade is a more important journalistic task than ever before. Danish Politiken has made that task a bit easier, by setting up a public, easy to use database of European companies' climate compensations under the Kyoto agreement (in Danish and English).
https://politiken.dk/indland/politikenundersoeger/Kyotodatabase/

The Transit Costs Project is a recently launched database of transit-infrastructure project costs. It's an impressive attempt at comparing data that is usually extremely hard to normalize and make fair copmarisons between (how to do you weigh the cost of digging a tunnel through mud, with drilling through bedrock?). The database is maintained by a group of researchers under the private research institute Marron Institute of Urban Management.
https://transitcosts.com/about/
Data: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nSqMcM660kGZjoe91S44o_9PPZLq6wJwA9LuzVpVfCM

Covid-19


No 2020 newsletter is complete without something Covid-19 related, so for this week: Watch how Norwegian statistician Kathrine Frey Frøslie (@statistrikk) visualises the R number with knitting:
https://facebook.com/watch/?v=287144712583987
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