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Oldest space tourist in hottest month in history: 2021 records


Forest fires around the world also caused record levels of CO2 emissions in July and August. (Representative)


From scorching temperatures to Messi and Ronaldo and retirees in space, here are some of the most important records achieved in 2021.

Warmest month

July 2021 was the hottest month on record in the world, according to the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

And forest fires in Siberia, North America and around the Mediterranean caused record levels of CO2 emissions in July and August, according to the EU’s Earth Watch service.

Record gas price

As economies reopen from their Covid-induced slumber, demand for gas has increased, Asian, European and UK gas prices have hit record highs. The benchmark price for Dutch gas TTF in Europe reached 187.78 euros per megawatt hour.

The biggest airlift

The United States flew its biggest airlift ever following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August, more important than the evacuation of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War.

It airlifted more than 123,000 people out of Kabul, including US citizens, Afghan interpreters and others who supported the US mission.

About 55,000 people were evacuated from southern Vietnam in 1975.

Suez Canal blocked

The giant container ship Ever Given blocked the Suez Canal in March, halting navigation for six days on one of the busiest waterways in the world.

The ship, almost as long as New York’s Empire State Building, caused a record congestion of 422 ships loaded with 26 million tonnes of cargo, exacerbating supply difficulties already disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chinese incursions

China’s most spectacular foray into contested Taiwanese airspace came in early October as China marked its annual national holiday when a record 149 flights passed through the southwestern Taiwan air defense zone in four days.

Bitcoin is soaring

The cryptocurrency bitcoin hit record highs at the end of 2021, valued at $ 68,513 on November 9. The digital currency is increasingly gaining support from investors large and small, some of whom see it as a way to hedge against inflation, which hit 30 years high in the United States in October.

Art is unleashed

Art sales records in 2021 included works by Frida Kahlo, veteran French artist Pierre Soulages and Banksy reaching record highs.

Revenues from contemporary art sales have never been higher, reaching $ 2.7 billion, boosted in particular by the explosion in sales of unique digital works and NFT (non-fungible tokens).

Space tourists

“Star Trek” Captain Kirk, aka veteran actor William Shatner, became the oldest person to go to space at age 90.

He was one of two dozen non-professionals who took to space in 2021 on rockets owned by billionaires Jeff Bezos (Blue Origin), Elon Musk (SpaceX) and Richard Branson (Virgin Galactic).

Ronaldo vs. Messi

Two of football’s living legends, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentinian Lionel Messi, have rewritten the record books.

Ronaldo became the all-time top scorer for a national team with 115 goals and also the most capped in Europe, having been selected 184 times.

Messi edged Brazilian Pelé as the best Latin American striker with 79 goals for Argentina.

Everest and the English Channel

Nepalese Kami Rita Sherpa broke his own Everest ascent record, scoring a successful 25th ascent to the top of the world in May.

36-year-old Australian Chloe McCardel became the Channel’s swimmer – a remarkable 44 times.

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