Tracing the global path of hazardous garbage

This data visualization takes information reported through the Basel Convention on hazardous waste consumption and disposal. The graphic highlights that the data is incomplete - only 50% of countries that signed actually report. The squares are placed according to where they are on a global map. Clicking on a square that represents a country, subcategories describe what is imported and exported to the country, like "wastes collected from households". On the upper right hand corner, the user can choose to look at a specific year or all years.

This graphic is another successful example of translating complicated information for an everyday person into an understandable and intriguing graphic.

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