In many ways, all science writers are already data journalists. This reported feature gives science writers background and resources to start reporting on data.
To determine the states with the most endangered species, Stacker consulted the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Endangered Species database. States are ranked according to the total number of species (animals and plants) with endangered or threatened classifications that live within their borders.
While big trends tell one story, no two states are the same when it comes to the demographics of their rural communities. Stacker used data from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and U.S. Census to dig into these data.
Stacker compiled essential COVID-19 statistics from several different sources to paint a clearer picture of how the pandemic is progressing in each state.
Stacker visualized how cases and deaths in every state have progressed, for three months since the beginning of March when most states began reporting COVID-19 data.
In April 2020, COVID-19 became the leading cause of death. To date, this respiratory disease has already caused more deaths in the U.S. per year than all but the top seven leading causes of death; by August, it’s projected that COVID-19 will cause more deaths than every leading cause of death (except heart disease) in a full year.
Using data from the CDC, public health resources, and reporting, Stacker compiled a list of 27 population groups that are vulnerable to COVID-19. For each group, Stacker compiled data on this population’s distribution across the United States.
As the 2020 U.S. census gets under way, a review of historical data shows the difficulties in measuring race.
Climate change will not wait for administrative reform. Using data from Climate Central, Stacker ranks the 30 major U.S. cities which will have the most residents in flood-prone areas by 2050.
While other countries are adopting carbon taxes and building fleets of electric buses, the U.S. is mired in political turmoil and led by a president who denies the urgent reality of climate change. For now, most clean energy developments happen on the state and local level.