Serena Williams, Elon Musk or Elizabeth II… The year in ten discs

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.

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 caused the biggest flow of refugees in Europe since the end of World War II: more than six million to neighboring countries and eight 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.

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.

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.

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 be a quarter of a million queued for miles to pay their last respects and parade past his casket in Westminster.

Elon Musk, billions and a fiasco

The richest man on the planet with a fortune estimated by Forbes to be nearly $199 billion at the end of 2022, Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk is illustrated by his flip-flops on Twitter, redeemed, ultimately, in October for US$ 44 billion. It has since put the social network in a dangerous position by alienating advertisers, (former) employees and regulators.

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.

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.

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, midnight caused Spotify blackouts in October and broke the record for “most listened to album in a single day”. Ten songs from the album reached the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time. 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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