Tracing the global path of hazardous garbage

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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.