15th September 2019
2069 – Underground habitats are commonplace
By the mid-21st century, severe climate change gripped much of the world. Underground habitats are one form of refuge becoming relatively commonplace in the late 2060s.
23rd August 2019
2029 – Close approach of the near-Earth asteroid Apophis
On 13th April 2029, the asteroid Apophis passes within 31,000 km of Earth – 10 times closer than the Moon, and even closer than some man-made satellites.
18th August 2019
2048 – Bionic eyes are perfected
By the late 2040s, visual prostheses can match the quality of a real human eye.
12th July 2019
2027 – Opening of the New Central Polish Airport
In 2027, Poland completes construction of a major new airport, which becomes the largest transportation hub in central and Eastern Europe, serving as a gateway to and from Asia.
3rd July 2019
2026 – Italy hosts the Winter Olympics
The 2026 Winter Olympics take place from 6th February to 22nd February 2026, in the Italian cities of Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo.
28th June 2019
2034 – NASA's Dragonfly spacecraft lands on Titan
Dragonfly is the fourth mission in NASA's New Frontiers program. Launched in 2026, it arrives on the surface of Saturn's large moon Titan in 2034.
27th June 2019
2084 – Conventional meat is becoming obsolete
More than 60 years after the first lab-grown meats were introduced, animal husbandry is being consigned to history.
21st June 2019
2460 AD – The first Americium batteries are dying
[This was incorrectly listed at 2660. We have now moved it to 2460, based on first usage by around 2030. Thanks to a reader for pointing this out!]
20th June 2019
2028 – Launch of the Comet Interceptor
Comet Interceptor is a mission by the European Space Agency to rendezvous with a "pristine" comet, originating from the outer Solar System or interstellar space.
31st May 2019
2073 – Plastic recycling rates are approaching 100% worldwide
By the early 2070s, plastic recycling is ubiquitous around the world. New regulations, alongside major advances in waste collection and separation, have made the world a cleaner and tidier place.
3rd May 2019
2049 – Completion of China's Belt and Road Initiative
The Belt and Road Initiative is a multi-trillion dollar programme of infrastructure development, which improves the flow of goods, services, people and capital in Eurasia and Africa.
9th April 2019
2640 AD – The longest-running music piece comes to an end
On 5th September 2640, the final moments of a song – As Slow As Possible – are witnessed by a small gathering of natural, biological humans.
5th April 2019
2032 – A giant artificial island project opens in Hong Kong
In response to chronic overcrowding and sky-high property prices, authorities in Hong Kong developed a megaproject on reclaimed land to house 1.1 million people.
3rd April 2019
2030 – The 6G standard is released
By 2030, a new cellular network standard has emerged that offers even greater speeds than 5G.
6th March 2019
2029 – Finland bans coal for energy use
A ban on the use of coal to produce energy begins in Finland from 1st May 2029.
2nd March 2019
2025-2030 – Many cities are banning fossil fuel-powered vehicles
During this period, many cities and regions around the world enforce outright bans on the use of traditional petrol and diesel-powered vehicles.
22nd February 2019
2025 – The European Extremely Large Telescope is operational
[Moved from 2022 to 2025]
19th February 2019
2023 – Launch of the SPHEREx mission
SPHEREx is a NASA observatory launched in 2023 that performs an all-sky survey of 300 million galaxies.
23rd January 2019
2023 – Xi Jinping extends his presidency
One of the most important leaders in modern Chinese history, Xi amended the state constitution to abolish term limits, allowing him to continue serving as President beyond 2023.
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