Visualizing Data

The Rising Cost of Health, Global Fish Consumption, FEMA

health expenditures
fish consumption
fema

Assessment

The growth percentage comparisons are between (1)population growth, (2)GDP, (3)health expenditures, and (4)life expectancy. The relationship between (1)(4) with (2)(3) proved to be irrelevant, however the relationship with (2) and (3) communicates very clearly. The largest jumps occurred after a new US president was elected to office and the largest consecutive jumps were after George W. Bush's election and 9/11. The last jump seen at the top increment reflects the year after the market crash of 2008.

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Asian countries like China, India, Japan or Indonesia have always prized high quality seafood much more than the US and are willing to pay top dollar compared to the average American. This is indicative of the fact that 91% of what Americans consume come from overseas, whereas one-third caught in the US - like Alaskan salmon - are exported to the highest bidders abroad. But this irony is overshadowed by the fact that today's level of fishing is unsustainable, and more than 70% of the fisheries around the world are overfished. Data elsewhere also shows that overfishing has impacted the primary production of those ecosystems, thus creating a less hospitable environment for future generations of fish to flourish and thrive.

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  • Materials: Print, Data from the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and World Wildlife Fund

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In the midst of the political debate between whether or not government intervention in disasters should exist, every state has nevertheless received a lot of disaster relief from FEMA in the last sixty years. As the US map shows, much of that aid has been given to those states that sit in the path of reocurring hurricanes. Texas so far has received the most aid overall - mostly attributed to fires and hurricanes.

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  • Materials: Print, Guardian World Data