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Sweet Sixteen: Some Cool Charts We Made in 2022

This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story.


In 2022, The Xylom’s visual journalist team (of one) covered everything from zero-COVID impacts in China to biodiversity issues, and climate stories ranging from flooding in Nigeria to wildfires devastating the rural West. Inspired by a similar year-in-review piece from FiveThirtyEight, here are some of the most interesting — and weird and colorful and complicated — charts we made in the last 12 months.

Charts are grouped by topic but are not in any particular order beyond that. Click any of them to read the story featuring that chart.








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Alex Ip

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Alex is the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Xylom, a student-led newsroom exploring the communities influencing and shaped by science. He also recently led a team to translate the KSJ Science Editing Handbook into Chinese (Traditional and Simplified). Alex is pursuing a Master's degree in Science Writing from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; he holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Tech.

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