Top News Stories of 2021

Top News Stories of 2021

Top News Stories
of 2021

Quote of the Year


““Humanity is a civilization in the middle of the ocean, and we are right now setting fire to our boat”

"Money won't buy you another #Planet". #ActNow
This is a #ClimateEmergency.

Greta Thunberg

"Every one wants answers, but until you hear the one you want to hear you do not hear nothing"

John Smith

Estimated 2021 World Population

7.9 Billion

World CO2 Atmosphere
8 ppm

John Tyner

COVID-19 is 2021's
News Story of the Year



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Notable Passings in 2021

Hank Aaron - January
Larry King  - January
George Armstrong - January
Cicely Tyson - January
Capt Tom Moore - February 
Christopher Plummer - February
Mary Wilson - February
Rush Limbaugh- February
Roger Mudd - March

George Segal - March
Galen Weston - April
Walter Mondale - April
Michael Collins - April
Bobby Unser - May
John Warner - May

F. Lee Baily - June
Donald Rumsfeld - July
Peter Trueman  - July
Bill Davis - August
Tony Esposito - August
Donald Rumsfield - August
Don Everly - August
Ed Asner - August
Norm Macdonald - September
Colin Powell - October
Leo Boivin - October
Mort Sahl - October
Stephen Sondheim - November
Bob Dole - December
Mel Lastman - December
Archbishop Desmond Tutu - December
John Madden - December
Betty White - December


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USA Politics

In August Biden decides to remove his troops from Afghanistan after being there for 20 years.  During the month of August, the Taliban has retaken most of Afghanistan from the Afghanistan troops and by August 15 the Taliban have retaken Afghanistan except the airport at Kabul which Biden says he will vacate on August 30. This period of time he says will be enough time to remove his troops and about 122,000 Afghanistan and Americans. t is estimated that the United States spent more than $2 trillion on the war in Afghanistan. That’s $300 million dollars per day, every day, for 20 years..

President Joe Biden has said he supports lifting intellectual property rights on coronavirus vaccines in order to increase production and make them more accessible to developing nations. Biden yesterday threw his backing behind the waiver proposal, drafted by India and South Africa, winning praise from the World Health Organization which called it “a monumental moment.” However, the drug industry is not happy, with shares in BioNTech, Moderna and Novavax down after the news broke. The E.U. is now set to hold talks on whether to follow America’s lead.

Former Police Officer Derrick Chauvin found guilty of murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Biden passes a 1.9 trillion dollar USA COVID-19 Relief Bill at the end of February.

As February starts to close down, it is reported that 500,000 Americans have now died because of COVID-19.

February 13th, the Senate has found President Trump not guilty in a second impeachment trial of his presidency.

January 19th and the President Elect Biden comes to Washington for his inauguration as United States admits that 400,000 + deaths have occurred since the start of theCOVID-19 pandemic.  Then he begins to unroll his policies such as those regarding Climate Change. January 31 the USA now totals 430,000 death caused from COVID-19.

The National Rifle Association has filed for bankruptcy and plans to move its headquarters  from New York to Texas.

The US capital early in January was  attacked by thousands of people who were incited to  attack the Capital by
President Donald Trump. DC mayor extends public emergency to 15 days after four people confirmed dead amid
violence at the Capitol.

As result of President Trump's involvement, he has been permanently suspended from Twitter "due to the risk of further incitement of violence", ....


After 30+ years of development and 10 Billion Dollars, the James Webb telescope is launched on Christmas Day to a point in space 1 million miles form earth.

Astronomers have seen light behind a black hole deep in space for the first time. The discovery proves Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity on how gravity affects space-time.



Lack of manufactured computer chips is slowing down the growth of manufactured items in the world.


People now spend more at Amazon than they did at Wal-Mart.




The world is set to add nearly 290 gigawatts of renewable power capacity this year, according to the International Energy Agency, with the Paris-based organization expecting 2021 to “set a fresh all-time record for new installations.”

Published on Wednesday, the IEA’s Renewables Market Report forecasts that the planet’s renewable electricity capacity will jump to more than 4,800 GW by the year 2026, an increase of over 60% compared with 2020 levels.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers win the Grey Cup.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will miss his team's game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, November 7, after testing positive for COVID-19, according to multiple reports.

The Atlantic City Braves win the World Series in baseball over the Houston Astros.

Roger Federer announces that he will not play in the US Open Tennis matches because of injuries. Emma Raducanua  and Daniil Medvedev win the women's and men's singles tennis matches at the New York Open.

Phil Mickelson at the age of 50 wins the PGA Championship.  The oldest Professional Golf Champion. Serbian Novak Djokovik wins the French Open Tennis match. In July its the finals sports month and in hockey the Tampa Bay Lightning wins the Stanley Cup, Novac Djokovik
wins at the W ilmington Tennis Open, and Italy beat England to win Euro 2020 Soccer.

Baylor U wins t he March Madness for men and Stanford U wins the women's championship.


For the first time in history, an object made by humans entered the sun’s atmosphere—and lived to tell the tale. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe spent five hours catching rays and collecting data in the sun’s corona before moving back out to a safer, more distant orbit.

China landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time on Saturday May 15, a technically challenging feat more difficult than a moon landing, in the latest advance for its ambitious goals in space.

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has made a historic flight on Mars, marking the first powered aircraft on another planet.

Cheers erupted in mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as controllers confirmed that NASA’s Perseverance rover, with the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter attached to its belly, has touched down safely on Mars. Engineers are analyzing the data flowing back from the spacecraft.


Researchers in Europe (including France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Finland) examined data from almost 8,000 participants from a  study and found that consistently sleeping six hours or less at age 50, 60, and 70 was associated with a 30% increase in dementia risk compared to a normal sleep duration of seven hours.


At the beginning of June, the United States has fully vaccinated over 41 % of its citizens. .


Brazil and India are two countries who have run out of oxygen for their COVID-19 patients.


A team of international scientists have concluded that the COVID-19 virus initially had jumped from an animal to a human being in China.


As 2021 opens, the USA total number of C0VID-19 cases exceeds 20,000,000 with 356,000+ deaths.  Then at the end of  January the suppliers  of the vaccine slow down the production of the vaccine and countries like Canada prohibit the flying to the Caribbean and Mexico.


Climate Crisis

Decades of data have revealed the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC), the only ocean current that encircles the entire globe, has started flowing faster.

Rolls-Royce claims to have developed the world's fastest all-electric aircraft.

Extreme rainfall is wreaking havoc on America. It's growing worse with climate change.

COP 26 in Glasgow Scotland ends with some  direction on how to reach a 1.5 C depletion increase
with the target of total depletion of burning coal as a key item to reach the climate goal. Greta
Thunberg  says of the COP 26 ... Blah, blah, blah...  We need more real action and less talk.

At COP 26 there was no mention that one of the biggest causes of climate change is high  population densities.

Canadian woman in British Columbia, becomes world’s first patient to be diagnosed with climate change.

At COP 26 summit.  Ms Thunberg said: "It is not a secret that COP26 is a failure. It should be obvious that we
cannot solve a crisis with the same methods that got us into it in the first place."

She said: "We need immediate drastic annual emission cuts unlike anything the world has ever seen.
The heavily subsidized energy plant Drax is the biggest single source of CO2 in the UK and third biggest in Europe.
But the emissions are not included in the UK emissions.

In a year of extreme heat, Antarctica's last six months were the coldest on record.

In July, wildfires emitted nearly 1.3 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide, a record that was topped by August’s 1.4 gigatons. Between the two months, forest fires emitted an amount of carbon dioxide greater than all of India’s carbon emissions in a year."

Hundreds of animals die due to prolonged drought in Kenya. Extreme weather events are having a severe impact on animals in many parts of Africa.

UN says global carbon emissions set to rise 16 per cent by 2030.

July 2021 was the third hottest July globally ever measured, and the second hottest July in Europe.

The optimum population of Earth – enough to guarantee the minimal physical ingredients of a decent life to everyone – was 1.5 to 2 billion people rather than the 7 billion who are alive today or the 9 billion expected in 2050, said Paul Ehrlich in an interview with the Guardian.

Lytton's official high temperature today June 27, 2021 is 46.6 C. Lytton BC now holds the record for Canada's all time maximum high. The previous record was 45.0 C set on July 5, 1937 at Yellow Grass, and Midale, SK.Lytton's official high temperature today June 27, 2021 is 46.6 C. Lytton BC now holds the record for Canada's all time maximum high. The previous record was 45.0 C set on July 5, 1937 at Yellow Grass, and Midale, SK.

Globally, 2020 was the hottest year on record, effectively tying 2016, the previous record. Overall, Earth's average temperature has risen more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1880s. Temperatures are increasing due to human activities, specifically emissions of greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide and methane.

Canadian government data shows Canada's managed forest isn't absorbing CO2 anymore — it's emitting it.

First study of all Amazon greenhouse gases suggests the damaged forest is now worsening climate change. The Brazilian Amazon released nearly 20% more CO2 into the atmosphere over the past decade than it absorbed, according to a report that shows humanity can no longer depend on the world’s largest tropical forest to help absorb manmade carbon pollution

2020 was tied with 2016 as the warmest year on record, the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) is reporting.

After 20 years of war in Afghanistan the US has decided to leave this country on Sept 11, 2021.

 More than a thousand people have been arrested at rallies in towns and cities across Russia as they called for the release of the opposition leader Alexei Navalny from jail. The protests are thought to be the largest in Russia since 2017
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops says 25 to 30 Indigenous people are to meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican in December.

The delegates are to include elders, knowledge keepers, residential school survivors and youth. A small group of Canadian bishops is also to attend from Dec. 17 to Dec. 20.

The Indian Government has shut down Internet services to tens of thousands of Indian farmers, protesting over agricultural laws that they say threaten their livelihoods, have vowed to carry on their around-the-clock sit-ins despite cold weather that has already led to some deaths among them.


Telephone scamming still is a ramped way to make money and right out of control.

Drones are being used to deliver COVID - 19 tests and vaccines to remote communities in Canada and Scotland.


The high cost of living starting with housing sand threatening rising cost of living seem to be holding back economic growth.


Large sudden changes in the climate have certainly in North America caused loss of crop production.


After months of diminishing TV audiences and slumping tent poles, Hollywood’s biggest night somewhat predictably turned out to be its least-watched in history, capping a turbulent award season of record ratings lows that saw the 93rd Oscars net fewer eyeballs than ever before..

Biggest Achievements
of the Year

The understanding of our universe seemed to increase by leaps and bounds and the understanding of ridding the planet of Covid 19 viruses not so great.

2021: A year marked by conflict, COVID and climate change!

the understanding of


It seems that there was lots of talk in 2021 about climate change but little action.

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