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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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22nd February 2019

2025 – The European Extremely Large Telescope is operational

[Moved from 2022 to 2025]

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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.

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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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