Making the most detailed map of auto emissions in America

Using estimates from the Database of Road Transportation Emissions, Nadja Popovich and Denise Lu for The New York Times mapped auto emissions at high granularity. Popovich described their process on Storybench:

I want to make graphics that really resonate with people. If that is your goal as a visual journalist, something to think through is just how you can tie data back to a more human experience. To kind of go past the dataset as a dataset and reveal the humanity of it. I think one way that you can do that is by zooming into it in this way. You suddenly don’t just see, “Oh, this line of emissions has gone up.” We set out for a more personal view that says, “You know, you can actually see the roads that you might be driving on every day. That’s where the emissions are coming from.” It ties it back to a much more human experience and makes the data less abstract. Thinking a lot more through how to tie (the data) back to human-lived experiences is something that is really important and really we found resonates with readership.

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Hotter days where you were born

It’s getting hotter around the world. The New York Times zooms in on your hometown to show the average number of “very hot days” (at least 90 degrees) since you were born and then the projected count over the next decades. Then you zoom out to see how that relates to the rest of the world.

I’ve always found it interesting that visualization and analysis are typically “overview first, then details on demand”, whereas storytelling more often goes the opposite direction. Focus on an individual data point first and then zoom out after.

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Retrospection and Direction: A Q&A with Peter Walter

0000-0002-8715-28960000-0001-7318-5892 “In our panel it is the stated and adhered to policy that we will not consider where a paper is published. Rather, in our evaluations we assess its real impact in a field. Change

Computer uses wind to mine cryptocurrency and then fund climate research

HARVEST is an art piece by Julian Oliver that consists of a 4G-connected waterproof computer connected to a wind turbine. While it is powered by the wind, the computer mines for for cryptocurrency, and earnings are then cashed out as donations to climate change research organizations. Yeah.

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Understanding Images: Human nose shape and climate adaptation

0000-0002-8715-2896 Understanding Images: Human nose shape and climate adaptation   Posted June 5, 2017 by Guest Contributor in Biology, Climate, Environment, Evolution, Genetics, Image, Open access, Outreach, PLOS Genetics, Research post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons above

Contemporary issues in global health

0000-0002-8715-2896 The global health community recently descended on Washington DC for the discipline’s annual conference held under the capable auspices of the ‘Consortium of Universities for Global Health’. Many of the session topics, satellite sessions,

Climate Change Coloring Book

The Climate Change Coloring Book by Brian Foo makes data tactile and interactive. “The goal is to encourage learning, exploration, and reflection on issues related to climate change through act of coloring.” It’s in the early days of a Kickstarter campaign, but I suspect it’ll be funded in no time. Pledged.

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Conservation: Good News from Animal Selfies

Beaudrot-thumb-690x320AddThis Sharing Buttons above In this brave new world of the Anthropocene – a whole epoch defined solely by humanity’s ability to crap in its own back yard – it’s rare to hear good-news stories

Organisms or Machines?

By Aakriti Jain Dr. Dan Nicholson is first a scientist, a molecular biologist. However, unlike most researchers in the constantly changing and expanding field of biology, Dan questions the very directions fields like synthetic biology

Upcoming AMA: Fossil Lizard from Wyoming’s Tropical Wonderland

On December 30, paleontologist Jack Conrad will be taking part in a PLOS-sponsored redditscience AMA for his recent PLOS ONE paper on a “Jesus lizard” from ancient Wyoming. Dr. Conrad will be live and taking your questions from 1