Chapter 8

The Plastic Problem Presentation

This challenge combines something from nearly every skill covered in this book, notably choosing chart types, crafting for clarity, and practicing persuasion. Science and research teem with data, and this particular data set, from an important paper by Jennifer Lavers and Alexander Bond, published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), contains some of the most eye-popping data about plastic garbage you’ll ever find.*

In reporting the data for a journal, the job of the authors is not to persuade us of anything other than the veracity of their findings. Your challenge is how to honor their science while making a case to a lay audience. How far can ...

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