the year 2022 in ten records

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Paris (AFP) – From high prices to fires and the reign of Elizabeth II, a retrospective of the year 2022 in ten records.

price spike

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February sent energy and food prices soaring: the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) food price index reached an all-time high in March, as did the price of gas in Europe.

Inflation in the eurozone © Patricio ARANA / AFP/Archives

This resulted in an increase in inflation over the year, with, for example, +10.6% in October in a year in the euro zone, i.e. the strongest increase since the index began in 1997.

refugee flow

The war in Ukraine led to the biggest flow of refugees to Europe since the end of World War II: more than six million to neighboring countries and 8 million internally displaced, estimated in May the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). On a global scale, the number of uprooted people surpassed the 100 million mark for the first time.

Ukrainian refugees wait in the cold to be transferred to a train station after crossing the Medyka border on March 7, 2022 in Poland.
Ukrainian refugees wait in the cold to be transferred to a train station after crossing the Medyka border on March 7, 2022 in Poland. © Louisa GOULIAMAKI / AFP/Archives

Heat waves and fires

The year was marked by new climate records: in Europe, the summer was the hottest ever and the areas burned by the fires were the largest with more than 600,000 hectares destroyed. On a global scale, CO2 emissions from fossil sources have never been as high as in 2022.

Forest fire in Manteigas, August 10, 2022 in central Portugal
Forest fire in Manteigas, August 10, 2022 in central Portugal © PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP/Archives

missile rain

In response to the largest joint air maneuvers ever undertaken by South Korea and the United States, North Korea launched a record salvo of missiles into the Sea of ​​Japan in November, including a peak of 23 launches in 24 hours on November 2.

Footage of a North Korean missile launch is displayed on a screen at the maritime terminal on the South Korean island of Ulleungdo on November 3, 2022 in the Sea of ​​Japan.
Footage of a North Korean missile launch is displayed on a screen at the maritime terminal on the South Korean island of Ulleungdo on November 3, 2022 in the Sea of ​​Japan. © Anthony WALLACE / AFP/Archives

Unconventional reign and funeral

Seventy years of reign, seven years more than her great-great-grandmother Victoria: the existence of Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8 at the age of 96, was extraordinary, as was her funeral in London. Crowds estimated to number a quarter of a million queued for miles to pay their last respects and parade past his casket in Westminster.

People line up to pay their respects in front of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II on September 17, 2022 at Westminster Hall in London
People line up to pay their respects in front of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II on September 17, 2022 at Westminster Hall in London © James Manning / POOL/AFP/Archives

Elon Musk, billions and a fiasco

The richest man on the planet with a fortune estimated by Forbes at almost US$ 199 billion at the end of 2022, the head of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, stood out for the turnaround on Twitter, redeemed, in a fine, in October for US$ 44 billion. He has since put the social network in a dangerous position by alienating advertisers, (former) employees and regulators.

Elon Musk, March 9, 2022 in Washington
Elon Musk, March 9, 2022 in Washington © WIN MCNAMEE / Getty/AFP/Archives

record auction

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s art collection went up for auction in New York in November for a record $1.62 billion, with paintings by Georges Seurat, Paul Cézanne, Vincent Van Gogh and Gustav Klimt. In another sign of strength in the art market, Andy Warhol’s portrait of Marilyn Monroe became the most expensive artwork of the 20th century in May: $195 million.

The portrait of Marilyn Monroe
Andy Warhol’s portrait of Marilyn Monroe “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” displayed at Christie’s on April 29, 2022 in New York City ahead of its auction in May © Angela Weiss, – / AFP/Archives

At the top of world tennis

By winning Roland-Garros for the 14th time in June, Spaniard Rafael Nadal improved his record for major titles among men’s tennis: 22 Grand Slam tournaments, ahead of Serbia’s Novak Djokovic (21 titles) and Switzerland’s Roger Federer (20) , who ended his career in September.

Spaniard Rafael Nadal wins the Roland-Garros tournament for the 14th time, June 5, 2022 in Paris
Spaniard Rafael Nadal wins the Roland-Garros tournament for the 14th time, June 5, 2022 in Paris © Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP/Archives

American Serena Williams, who was also eliminated in September, tops these three champions with 23 Grand Slam titles.

Flippers for Taylor Swift

The release of Taylor Swift’s tenth album, ‘Midnights’, in October caused blackouts on Spotify and broke the record for ‘most streamed in a single day’. Ten songs from the album reached the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time.

American singer Taylor Swift November 20, 2022 in Los Angeles, California
American singer Taylor Swift November 20, 2022 in Los Angeles, California © VALERIE MACON / AFP/Archives

The American singer also won the award for “cleanest celebrity of the year” because of her numerous flights in private jets, according to marketing agency Yard.

eight billion people

The world’s population passed the 8 billion mark in mid-November, according to the United Nations. An “unprecedented growth” when there were only 2.5 billion humans in 1950.

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