UK inflation hits 40-year high

UK inflation hits 40-year high

The UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the 9% rise in the consumer price index is the highest since records began in 1989, surpassing the 8.4% annual rise in March 1992. The office estimates that inflation would have been higher sometime around 1982.

Record high wheat prices after India declares immediate export ban, massive protests after 300% food price increase announced in Iran

Record high wheat prices after India declares immediate export ban, massive protests after 300% food price increase announced in Iran

Wheat prices in Europe and Australia hit record highs this week after India – the world’s second-largest wheat producer – announced an immediate export ban due to a severe heatwave affecting the country since March. Global wheat prices have soared 40% since February 2022, increasing famine and sparking social unrest.

Strong eruption at Ibu volcano, North Maluku, Indonesia

Strong eruption at Ibu volcano, North Maluku, Indonesia

A strong eruption took place at Ibu volcano, Indonesia at 07:46 UTC on May 16, 2022, ejecting thick gray ash up to 3.8 km (12 240 feet) above sea level. The Aviation Color Code remains at Orange and the Alert Level at 3.

Iraq hit by 8th large dust storm since mid-April

Iraq hit by 8th large dust storm since mid-April

A large dust storm swept over parts of Iraq on May 16, 2022, grounding flights at Baghdad Airport and closing some schools, businesses and government offices. This is the 8th strong dust storm to hit the country since mid-April.