October Current Events 2022: Disaster News

Updated October 27, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the Disaster news events you need to know so far for October 2022.

  1. Air Pollution Found To Pose Life-Long Crises Beginning In Pregnancy
  2. More Than 80 People Reported Dead Trying To Escape Flood In Nigeria
  3. Multiple Reports Of Devastating Floods Striking Different Countries
  4. Greenhouse Gases Reach Record High Levels In The Atmosphere

Air Pollution Found To Pose Life-Long Crises Beginning In Pregnancy


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Wednesday, October 5, 2022 – Researchers have begun to report an increasing number of devastating effects of air pollution, which pose a lifetime threat to humans. Polluted air is known for causing the increased risk of spontaneous abortion, pre-term births, and low birth weight of infants, and now scientists have traced another complication to air pollution.

Particles of carbon are now found in the lungs, liver, and brain of fetuses. These particles are inhaled by the mother and can cross the placenta to settle in various organs of the fetus. This discovery has sparked worry amongst researchers as the gestation period is the most vulnerable period of the developing human.

Further investigation into the particles shows that they contain soot from burning fossil fuel and other toxic chemicals. 

Co-leader of the Study, Prof. Tim Nawrot, advised caution, stating that “even though the government is responsible for reducing air pollution, people, especially pregnant women should avoid busy roads.”

Source: The Guardian 

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More Than 80 People Reported Dead Trying To Escape Flood In Nigeria

Nigeria flooding

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022 – The death Count in the West African nation of Nigeria has risen over the past few days due to flooding in different places in the country. In recent events, a boat conveying more than 80 people from the southeastern region of Anambra capsized, resulting in the death of the passengers.

According to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, more than 600,000 people have been displaced due to the floods. NEMA also reported that the floods were particularly high and dangerous this year because of the release of excess water from a dam in Cameroon, a neighboring southeast country to Nigeria.

Apart from the tragedy in Anambra State, floods in Kogi, Nigeria’s confluence state, were reported to be as high as Rooftops rendering people homeless and displacing thousands of others.

Humanitarian Bodies such as the Red Cross Society have deployed agents to complement the government's efforts across the Country.

Source: CNN

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Multiple Reports Of Devastating Floods Striking Different Countries

Pakistan flooding

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Thursday, October 20, 2022 – The Rise in water levels reported this year has been the highest for many countries in their recorded history and caused a lot of casualties, including the loss of lives, loss of power supply, destruction of farmlands and livestock, displaced people, and homelessness. 

In Pakistan, a third of the entire country has been underwater in an unprecedented disaster. The usual "once-in-a-century flood" expected in Australia has occurred twice in eleven years, causing massive casualties in the affected regions. South Eastern countries in Asia, including Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia, have had a drastic loss in revenue from tourism as flooding destroyed many of the infrastructures that were needed to sustain the industry. Similar situations are seen in Nigeria.

Different causes have been attributed to these disasters, including high-intensity rainfalls, low maintenance culture of dams, improper drainage systems, and climate change. Experts have warned that more unpredictable events and flash floods should be expected as the years come by.

Source: The Guardian 

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Greenhouse Gases Reach Record High Levels In The Atmosphere

Global warming

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022 – The World Meteorological Organization discovered the largest year-on-year increase in methane concentrations in 2020 and 2021 since systematic observations began over 40 years ago.

Scientists are perplexed by the recent dramatic spike in methane levels. Some blamed it on increased fracking in the United States, although this was called into question because industrial emissions did not grow as sharply.

According to World Meteorological Organization research, atmospheric levels of all three greenhouse gases have hit record highs, indicating that the world is "going in the wrong direction."  These greenhouse gases are responsible for global warming, with the impact increasing by 50% between 1990 and 2021. Carbon dioxide accounted for almost 80% of this growth. 

These data will be released at the Cop27 UN climate summit in November when global leaders will gather in Egypt to reach agreements on greenhouse gas emissions reductions. 

Source: The Guardian

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