Mapping urban health challenges for the Guardian with Mapbox

As a follow-up to the article I wrote last month on health, data and cities, Guardian Healthcare Professionals Network has today published a piece by me on future threats to urban health. I got great ideas from the World Health Organisation, the UN University International Institute for Global Health, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the New York Academy of Medicine. You can read the article here.

I was also commissioned to produce interactive mapping for the article, showing a selection of the cities under threat and some that have developed innovative ways to tackle these problems. I used Mapbox to develop the mapping, given its choice of basemaps, marker symbols and colours and my experience in using it to produce new maps for this site.

The maps are below, with data and links (largely to other Guardian content) in the pop-up window for each city. I’m particularly fond of the burger symbol on a milkshake pink for San Antonio and Memphis in the US, indicating their particular problems with obesity…

Update: these maps are now static images, as Mapbox has withdrawn the service they were built on. The links are available on the Guardian page.