Extinction of Animals Data Story Critique

After reading the data story, “A Disappearing Planet”, there was much graphical information that had indeed become effective at communicating the information that it provided. This article made it especially effective because it first generalized the four main animal groups that were affected the most by extinction and gives an overall percentage of the species as a whole as to how at risk these species are going to be affected by extinction; then it divides the animals into individualized species groups and displays individual percentages to depict each families likelihood of going extinct or thriving in their own environments.

There were many takeaway messages from this article but the most important would be that while all of the animal species (mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds) all have an overwhelming population of species that are quite healthy, there is still a growing chance that many individual sub-species will go extinct, based off of the information.

This article did encourage exploration because it provided valuable statistical information that was spread throughout the graphics presented in it. It also delved into sub-specie statistical information that was good to look at as well as to indicate to a person how much will the threat of extinction impact an entire species of animals by having some of the animals die off or the whole species dies off altogether.

After having read this article, the data that was presented was not misleading. The data that was integrated into the story was clearly and thoroughly outlined with no confusion at all. The colors used in the article were that red had resembled at risk animals, grey indicated the total amount of healthy species, and white signified the total amount of unknown species.

Finally, the form of the information definitely afforded accurate comparisons over many, many centuries.


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