BBC has created a series of data visualizations that demonstrate the severity of locust swarms that are consuming crops and threatening food supplies in nations such as Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya. The visualizations show that more than 15 countries have reported swarms this year and that a 1 square kilometer swarm consumes enough food for 35,000 people. Swarms can grow much larger than this size—a large swarm in Kenya had covered an area of 2,400 square kilometers.
Visualizing the Spread of Locust Swarms
Michael McLaughlin is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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