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The Moksha Roundup

Issue #44, December 6 - 12, 2022

Welcome to this week’s Moksha Roundup! This small newsletter is a weekly roundup of the latest and greatest in the data visualization/design/visual storytelling world. Every week, we compile our favorite projects from journalists, storytellers, and technologists and share them with you.

In this issue, we share great visual storytelling pieces from Reuters, Bloomberg, and Axios. If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

01. On Upward Mobility

By Aaron Williams

On Upward Mobility by Aaron Williams

For the Pudding, Aaron Williams has collaborated with Jan Diehm, Michelle McGhee, and Rob Smith to examine how the neighborhood people grow up in affects their economic mobility. The piece features a series of well-designed visualizations to showcase his family's journey across the country, and how that journey might represent broader trends in upward mobility.

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The tiniest World Cup host ever by Axios

Erin Davis and Kendall Baker from Axios compare the size of Qatar, the host of the 2022 World Cup, to other previous hosts.

A square diagram displays how small the country is and how far fans have to travel to watch the matches. Unlike the World Cup in Russia or Brazil, fans don’t have to travel too far, but space is limited and bursting at the seams with many tourists from abroad.

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Junk Carbon Offsets Are What Make These Big Companies ‘Carbon Neutral’ by Bloomberg Green

For Bloomberg Green, Akshat Rathi, Natasha White, and Demetrios Pogkas report on the failure of international companies to cut their emissions utilizing cheap energy offsets.

To show the results of their investigation, they use several charts and graphs. Brands like Delta Air Lines, Telstra, and La Poste—all of which claim to be carbon neutral—are still generating enough emissions in the atmosphere to contribute to climate change.

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04. Why Plants Matter

By Reuters

Why Plants Matter by Reuters

For Reuters, Daisy Chung, Gloria Dickie, Jitesh Chowdhury, and Simon Scarr have put together an amazing story about the extinction of plant species.

The piece is a great example of just not relying on charts for storytelling. It has beautifully-made watercolor illustrations which take it to the next level. The sketches chronicle the Saint Helena olive tree’s disappearance and explain why plants are vital to the planet, from helping to fight climate change to providing food sources for humans and other animals.

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Britain Opened the Door to Online Gambling. Now It’s Living With the Consequences by Bloomberg

A team at Bloomberg examines how gambling companies in the UK have benefitted from lax laws and lobbying politicians against regulations.

The article includes various charts to show how the online gambling market has grown over the years and how much companies have spent to stop parties from reducing their profits. Through a packed bubble chart, readers can see how in 2013, as Parliament discussed passing a law that protected consumers and addressed their addiction, lawmakers started to receive more gifts and incentives than in previous years.

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