November Current Events 2022: Disaster News

Updated December 2, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

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  1. Carbon Emission To Hit Record High In 2022
  2. Plastic Pollution On A Remote British Island
  3. Summer Heat Waves Estimated To Be Responsible For Up To 20,000 Deaths
  4. Italian Island Of Ischia Ripped Apart By Mudslide

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Carbon Emission To Hit Record High In 2022

CO2 emissions

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Thursday, November 10, 2022 – According to a comprehensive analysis, carbon emissions from fossil fuels will reach new highs this year. The researchers said there is no sign of the needed decline, putting additional pressure on the countries whose representatives are meeting in Egypt for the UN Cop27 climate summit to deliver real and swift action. 

Continued emissions at this rate would make 1.5 degrees Celsius of global warming more likely in the coming decade, according to the researchers. To achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, as many countries have pledged, an annual reduction comparable to the sharp drop in 2020 due to Covid-19 lockdowns is now required.

According to the analysis, coal emissions will return to their all-time high in 2014. However, unlike in the past, this is being driven by India and the European Union rather than China.

Source: The Guardian

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Plastic Pollution On A Remote British Island

Ascension Island

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Thursday, November 17, 2022 – According to conservationists, thousands of pieces of plastic waste worldwide have washed up on an isolated South Atlantic island. Litter collected on Ascension Island's southwestern coast has been traced back to China, Japan, and South Africa, according to the researchers. 

The team from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) spent five weeks measuring the degree of plastic contamination in the area. They reported that over 900 marine species are endangered. 

The problem is causing alarm on the little island, which has only 800 people. Only a tiny amount of the plastic that washes up on its coastlines originates on the island.

Ascension Island is home to many natural species that have been impacted by plastic pollution, including the land crab, frigate bird, sharks, turtles, fish, and seabirds. The government and independent groups have initiated many projects aimed at conserving natural biodiversity.

Source: BBC 

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Summer Heat Waves Estimated To Be Responsible For Up To 20,000 Deaths

Europe Heatwave

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Thursday, November 24, 2022 – According to the estimates, well over 20,000 people died throughout Western Europe during this summer's heatwaves. The analysis revealed a disparity between the number of fatalities that occurred and those predicted based on previous trends.

During the summer heatwaves, temperatures in London hit 40°C, parts in south-west France reached 42°C, while Seville and Córdoba in Spain established records of 44°C. According to the EU's Copernicus climate change program, the summer of 2022 was the warmest on record.

Although the research did not precisely quantify heat-related mortality, the number of deaths was greater on average for heat-period days than for non-heat-period days.

"Heatwaves are growing more common and powerful as the world warms up, so we may expect more and hotter heatwaves in the future," said Dr. Eunice Lo, a research fellow in climate change and health at the University of Bristol.

Source: The Guardian 

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Italian Island Of Ischia Ripped Apart By Mudslide

Ischia mudslide

Photo Source: AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta


Sunday, November 27, 2022 – For many days, heavy rains have lashed Campania, the region around Naples and Ischia. As it approached the coast early Saturday, the flood of mud and debris uprooted trees, swamped buildings, and carried automobiles into the sea.

A woman's body was discovered in the muck, and numerous more people are still missing. Dozens of homes are blocked, and rescuers are hampered by terrible weather. Residents are being urged to stay at home to prevent impeding emergency services.

Witnesses reported hearing heavy thunder in conjunction with the rainfall, making the scenario much more alarming. Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi told reporters that the situation was "extremely problematic" since up to 155mm (6.1in) of rain fell in six hours, and the missing persons were thought to be buried under the heavy mud.

Source: BBC

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