Here are 5 global events that marked 2019 and changed the world as we see it.
1) The Venezuela crisis
On January 10th, Venezuela entered a constitutional crisis as Juan Guaidó and the National Assembly declare incumbent President Nicolás Maduro “illegitimate” and start the process of attempting to remove him. During the same month, thousands of people protested in favor of disputed interim President Juan Guaidó with several being killed, and President Maduro severing diplomatic ties with the United States.
2) The Hong Kong protests
Over 1 million people in Hong Kong protest against proposed legislation regarding extradition to China. This was the largest protest in Hong Kong since the 1997 handover with the Hong Kong government and police controversially declare that the protest has “turned into a riot”.
On June 15th, Hong Kong announces it will indefinitely suspend the controversial extradition bill, but protests continue, this time calling for the total withdrawal of the bill and the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam.
3) Chinese tech firm Huawei was charged with multiple counts of fraud by the U.S. Justice Department
The action led to an even more tentioned US-China economic relationship. In May, Google also pulled Android update support for Huawei phones, as well as the Google Play Store and Gmail apps, after the Chinese technology company was blacklisted by the United States.
4) Danish polar research institution Polar Portal reports a large spike in Greenland ice loss
Danish researchers found that 11 billion tons melted in one day and 197 gigatonnes melted during the month of July in Greenland.
“For those keeping track, this means the #Greenland #icesheet ends July with a net mass loss of 197 Gigatonnes since the 1st of the month,” tweeted Ruth Mottram, a climate scientist with Danish Meteorological Institute – a number equivalent to around 80 million Olympic swimming pools.
The same heat-wave that caused the melting wreaked havoc on Europe in late July 2019.
5) 2019 Amazon rainforest wildfires
Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) reported fires burning in the Amazon rainforest at a record rate, with more than 36,000 in the year to date, while smoke reaches São Paulo more than 1,700 miles (2,700 km) away. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron describe the widespread Amazon fires as an international emergency, urging the matter to be discussed at the weekend’s G7 summit.
Numerous climate-change supporters accused the international press of no combat due to the lack of coverage of the catastrophic event.