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The Year 2022

2022 was an up and down year marked by significant events both positive and negative. 2022 was a year of significant progress in climate change with nations reaching a deal to protect nature at COP15 as well as significant breakthroughs in nuclear fusion by US scientists. It was also the year of AI with AI models language model ChatGPT emerging as a disruptive technology. The world faced major challenges in 2022 with health threats like monkeypox, extreme heatwaves, population growth, technology disputes, political conflicts and economic uncertainty.  The year was also marked by the fall of the Euro and increased pressure for tougher crypto regulations. The world also saw the rise of political leaders like Xi Jinping and Volodymyr Zelensky, and the changing of the guard with the ascension of King Charles III in Britain. Overall, the year of 2022 was a year of both progress and challenges, with the world facing a range of complex issues that will need to be addressed in the future.


Climate Change

IPCC releases 2nd Part of Sixth Assessment Report, Concludes Climate Change Impacts are Becoming Irreversible.

(Image creator:  Pablo Albarenga)


WHO Holds Emergency Meeting to Address 2022 Monkeypox Outbreak as Number of Cases Reaches 100. 

(Image creator:  Denis Balibouse)


Nearly 200 Countries Agree to Protect a Third of the Planet for Nature by 2030 at UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15).

(Image creator:  Giordano Cipriani)


2022 European Heatwaves: 53,000 Deaths and Record High Temperatures, Major Wildfires and Travel Disruptions.

(Image creator:  Borja Suarez)


World Population

On 15 November 2022, the world’s population is projected to reach 8 billion people.

(Image creator:  Shehzad Noorani)

Nuclear Fusion

A U.S. lab has successfully sparked a fusion reaction that released more energy than went into it.

(Image creator:  Damien Jemison)

AI & ChatGPT

ChatGPT, latest AI sensation, crossed 1 million users in 5 days.

(Image creator:  Rafael Henrique)

Dart and Orion missions

The first time that human can change the trajetory of an object.

(Image creator:  NASA)


Highest Inflation

Global inflation and food prices have risen since mid-2021, with wheat up 20% due to the Ukraine crisis.

(Image creator:  Valentyn Ogirenko)

US-China Chip War

The US is rapidly ramping up efforts to try to hobble China's progress in the semiconductor industry.

(Image creator:  Mailsonpignata)

Euro Falls Below USD

The euro has fallen below parity with the dollar, diving to its lowest level in 20 years.

(Image creator:  Michael Probst)

FTX Collapse

The collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried's FTX was the biggest in string of big crypto-related failures this year.

(Image creator:  Dado Ruvic)


Ukraine War

The Russian invasion of Ukraine caused a major refugee crisis and was the largest attack on a European state since WWII.

(Image creator:  Reuters)

The Rise of China

Xi Jinping elected General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, begins 3rd term as paramount leader.

(Image creator:  Ju Peng)

Female Political in India

Droupadi Murmu becomes first tribal woman President of India, youngest ever elected.

(Image creator:  Indranil Mukherjee)

UK Recession

Liz Truss goverment, the shortest-serving prime minister and bring recession to UK in one month.

(Image creator:  Henry Nicholls)


Volodymyr Zelensky

From an actor playing president on TV to defiant wartime leader.

(Image creator: Reuters)

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II dead at 96 after 70 years on the throne.

(Image creator:  AP Photo)

Mahsa Amini

Protests erupt in Iran after death of Mahsa Amini in custody of morality police.

(Image creator:  Majid Asgaripour)

Lionel Messi

Argentina won World Cup 2022, fulfilling Messi's dream of guiding them to glory.

(Image creator:  Carl Recine)