Data journalism has been all around the news, lately, but if there’s one topic where the challenge of reporting and communicating scientific data to the general public has proven to be crucial, it’s the Environment, and more specifically, Climate Change.
In Data Journalism: Do the Numbers Add Up to Climate Action?, published just a couple of days ago at The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media, Megan Albon brought together some examples of how data visualization has been used to tell the stories behind climate change data, and delivers a general overview of the state of data journalism initiatives around this issue.
When digital graphics are combined with the clear follow-on actions and a strong sense of collective responsibility, as often motivated by environmental concerns, data journalism becomes not only convincing but compelling, not only educational but also inspiring.
We picked some of those examples to open this week’s Interactive Inspiration, and this would also be the perfect time to explore the climate change data visualizations in the Visualizing.org gallery curated by Bryan Connor, of The Why Axis. High-quality projects here as well.
And here are the interactive visualizations we hand-picked for you:
The Great Barrier Reef: an obituary | The Guardian
The Great Renewable Energy Race (2012) | Bloomberg
Coal Seam Gas by the Numbers (2012) | ABC
Shale Play: Natural Gas Drilling in Pennsylvania (2011) | NPR
Climate change: how hot will it get in my lifetime? (2013) | The Guardian
One Year, one city | The Boston Globe
How gulf animals are faring after the BP oil spill | The Washington Post
We can do better | Ri Liu
Blake Griffin: A Catalyst for Success | The L.A. Times
Ballcode: 2013-14 NBA Season | Peter Gilks
Australia’s four sports leagues compared | The Guardian
F1 Scope | Michal Switala
The Clear-Cut History of Shaving | The Wall Street Journal
The 50 greatest World Cup moments – countdown to Brazil 2014 | The Telegraph
Scaled in Miles | Fathom
An interactive explanation of quadtrees | Jim Kang
Australian war deaths | The Guardian
And from Brazil:
50 years after the Brazilian Coup d’Êtat | UOL
Ranger Expedition | SuperInteressante
Hope you enjoyed, and we’ll be back next week with more interactive infographics.