Ever since Donald Trump won the election U.S. media has been largely filled with news articles and opinion pieces on his presidency and his first days in office. However, it’s important to note that the world does not revolve around the United States, and much more has been occurring globally and domestically, though it might often end up forgotten and pushed to the back burner of most media outlets. The following summarizes some of these events in an attempt to catch everyone up to speed on global and local issues the papers, magazines, and news channels may have missed as they covered Melania Trump’s evocation of Jackie Kennedy with her inauguration day outfit.
January 17th, 2017
The Nigerian military mistakenly bombs a refugee camp killing more than 70 in Rann, Borno state.
Unfortunately, while searching for Boko Haram members, a Nigerian fighter jet accidentally bombed a camp for displaced people who had fled the militants the jet was attempting to track down in the first place. Dozens of residents and aid workers were killed, and hundreds more were wounded. Due to its location, aid teams and evacuation teams were not able to arrive until a day later, resulting in more fatalities.
While conflicts between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram have occasionally been reported since the insurgency began in 2009, little continues to be done globally to fight this group responsible for killing at least 20,000 people and displacing 2.3 million from their homes.
The search for missing aircraft MH370 over the Indian Ocean is called off.
January 17th was the official day the search for the aircraft that was flying from Malaysia to China ended. It’s supposed that the plane crashed somewhere in the Indian Ocean, but no traces of wreckage were ever found.
January 19th, 2017
NASA and NOAA announce that 2016 was the hottest year on record, surpassing the previous record set in 2015 which itself topped a record set in 2014.
Since the year 2000, this record has been broken five times. Tragically, surface temperatures according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, were 0.07 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than 2015. Furthermore, from January to August the average temperatures were individually the warmest since the agency’s records began during the 1880s.
January 28th, 2017
At the 105th Women’s Australian Open, Serena Williams defeats Venus Williams to become the player with most wins in major tournaments (39) in open era.
Not only did Serena Williams manage to set that record, she became the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in the Open era, a record that she’d previously set at Wimbledon the previous year.
January 30th, 2017
Scientists in central China reveal oldest known human ancestor, a 540 million year-old Saccaorhytus in a fossil.
It was a microscopic sea creature with an elliptical body and large mouth! Scientists believe it traveled by “wriggling around.” It’s believed to be the oldest ancestor of thousands, if not millions, of species both past and present.
February 1st, 2017
British members of parliament vote in favor of the European Union Bill, allowing the government to begin Brexit.
Parliament voted overwhelmingly (498 to 114) in favour of triggering Brexit negotiations and beginning the process of leaving the EU. With the 4 to 1 vote, Kenneth Clarke was the only Tory member of parliament to oppose it. However, there were still signs of division among those voting against Article 50, claiming that those who voted for Brexit were placing it in front of the well-being of the British economy.
February 12th, 2017
More than 200 whales stranded on a remote beach in New Zealand on Saturday refloated themselves and returned to sea.
Thankfully, because of a high tide the majority of the beached whales were able to refloat themselves. However, volunteers were still forced to refloat to 100 of the 400 whales that ended up beached, and humanely euthanize 20 others in poor condition. Had the whales been unable to float themselves, many could have died, resulting in a mass whale casualty.
Switzerland eases citizenship process.
Switzerland voted to make it easier for third-generation immigrants to become citizens, rejecting rightwing politicians’ complaints that the proposed measures would pose a security risk. Before this was only available to those married or marrying a Swiss citizen.