Charts

A bunch of reproducible charts. All data and source code are available on this repo.

All charts are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

challengerOrings

Description: Reproduction of Tufte’s famous scatterplot of rocket o-ring damage vs. launch temperature for test launches prior to Jan. 28, 1986 Challenger launch. Original figure in Tufte E.R. 1997. Visual Explanations. Graphics Press. Cheshire, Connecticut, U.S.A.

Data: Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident, Vol. 1, 1986: 129-131.

Scatterplot of rocket o-ring damage vs. launch temperature.

Figure 1: Scatterplot of rocket o-ring damage vs. launch temperature.

climateChangeBarcode

Description: “Barcode” plots showing the long term rise in global and US temperatures. Each vertical stripe represents the average temperature of a single year, ordered from the earliest available data to the present. Original figures by Ed Hawkins.

Data: 1) NASA (2018) “Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS)”; 2) NOAA National Centers for Environmental information.

Global temperatures, 1880 - 2018, NASA.

Figure 2: Global temperatures, 1880 - 2018, NASA.

electionMargins

Description: Bar plots of the popular vote margin by elected U.S. Presidents from 1824 to present.

Data: Encyclopaedia Britannica, United States Presidential Election Results.

Bar plots of the popular vote margin by elected U.S. Presidents.

Figure 3: Bar plots of the popular vote margin by elected U.S. Presidents.

electricityEIA

Description: Barplots of energy capacity and generation by country / region using EIA data.

Data: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Installed Wind and Nuclear Power Capacity by Country / Region, 2000 - 2016.

Figure 4: Installed Wind and Nuclear Power Capacity by Country / Region, 2000 - 2016.

lcetPatenting

Description: Patenting in clean energy technologies by country and over time.

Data: 2018 U.S. NSF Science & Engineering Indicators.

Annual USPTO Patents in Clean Energy Technologies, 2006 - 2016.

Figure 5: Annual USPTO Patents in Clean Energy Technologies, 2006 - 2016.

newEnergyInvestment

Description: Plots of new clean energy investment by country and type.

Data: Clean energy investment by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

New Investment in Clean Energy ($USD Billion), 2005 - 2018.

Figure 6: New Investment in Clean Energy ($USD Billion), 2005 - 2018.

scienceCommentary2019

Description: The chart in our 2019 Science Policy Forum article - investment and patenting in clean energy technologies by country and over time.

Data: Clean energy investment by Bloomberg New Energy Finance; Patenting by 2018 U.S. NSF Science & Engineering Indicators.

Investment and patenting in clean energy technologies by country and over time.

Figure 7: Investment and patenting in clean energy technologies by country and over time.

scotusNominations

Description: Time from Nomination to Result of Every US Supreme Court Justice.

Data: Wikipedia The Green Papers.

Time from Nomination to Result of Every US Supreme Court Justice.

Figure 8: Time from Nomination to Result of Every US Supreme Court Justice.

solarPvProduction

Description: Bar plot of global annual solar photovoltaic cell production by country.

Data: 1995 to 2013: Earth Policy Institute; 2014 to 2018: Jäger-Waldau, A. (2019). Snapshot of Photovoltaics—February 2019. Energies, 12(5), 769. Data reverse engineered from Figure 1 using WebPlotDigitizer.

Annual Solar Voltaic Cell Production (GW), 2000 - 2018.

Figure 9: Annual Solar Voltaic Cell Production (GW), 2000 - 2018.

usHighwayFund

Description: The chart in my 2017 article: “Perspective: Navigating an Uncertain Future for US Roads,” Issues in Science and Technology 34, no. 1 (Fall 2017)”. The chart shows federal highway fund revenues and expenditures in real dollars from 1980 to 2015.

Data: Status of the Highway Trust Fund, Fiscal Years 1957-2015.

Federal highway fund revenues and expenditures in real dollars, 1980 - 2015.

Figure 10: Federal highway fund revenues and expenditures in real dollars, 1980 - 2015.

usPevSales

Description: The chart in my 2021 article in Issues in Science and Technology titled, “Why the US Trails the World in Electric Vehicles”. The chart shows monthly sales of plug-in electric vehicles in the US from 2014 to 2020.

Data: hybridcars.com (’14-’17) and insideEVs.com (’18-’19).

U.S. Monthly Sales of Plug-in Electric Vehicles, 2014 - 2020.

Figure 11: U.S. Monthly Sales of Plug-in Electric Vehicles, 2014 - 2020.

worldNuclearAssociation

Description: Barplots of nuclear energy capacity by country.

Data: Webscraped data from the World Nuclear Association.

New Nuclear Energy Capacity (GW) by Country, 2008 - 2019.

Figure 12: New Nuclear Energy Capacity (GW) by Country, 2008 - 2019.

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Text and figures are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution CC BY-SA 4.0. Source code is available at https://github.com/jhelvy/jhelvy_distill, unless otherwise noted. The figures that have been reused from other sources don't fall under this license and can be recognized by a note in their caption: "Figure from ...".