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2040-2049
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2040-2045

• China's space program is rivalling NASA |

2040

• India's economy is rivalling that of China and the U.S. | • Fusion power is nearing commercial availability | • Deep ocean mining operations are widespread | • Less than two-thirds of the original Congo jungle remains standing | • Virtual telepathy is dominating personal communications | • Biorepository and genomic information systems are transforming healthcare | • Pollen counts have more than doubled | • Tobacco has been largely eradicated | • Life expectancy for cystic fibrosis reaches 70 | • Breakthroughs in carbon nanotube production | • Submarine exploration of Titan | • China's HSR network has been greatly expanded | • Completion of the Northeast Corridor high-speed rail route |

2041-2046

• Japan experiences a major volcanic eruption |

2041

• Global average temperatures have risen by 2°C | • Annual deaths from cardiovascular disease have reached negligible levels in the U.S. | • Oil spills in the Niger Delta have been cleaned up | • Orbital solar power is commercially feasible | • Supercomputers reach the yottaflop scale | • Completion of the W350 tower in Tokyo | • Cases of lung cancer have spiked in New York |

2042-2067

• The majority of primate species are disappearing from the wild |

2042

• Global population reaches 9 billion | • White people are a minority in the USA | • NASA Uranus mission | • The Diary of Anne Frank enters the U.S. public domain | • The City of Trees project is completed in Manchester, England |

2043

• The Ross Sea has lost 50% of its summer ice cover | • Slovenia closes down its only nuclear power plant | • The Chang'e-3 lander is shutting down |

2044

• The works of J.R.R. Tolkien enter the public domain | • A tipping point for permafrost melting | • The last veterans of WW2 are passing away | • A transglobal highway and rail network has emerged | • Five-year survival rates for bowel cancer are approaching 100% |

2045

• Humans are becoming intimately merged with machines | • Homosexual discrimination has declined substantially | • Air accident fatalities have been eliminated | • The Chūō Shinkansen high speed maglev route is complete | • Gulf Coast cities are being abandoned due to super hurricanes | • Apollo 12's third stage returns to Earth | • Total solar eclipse in the USA | • The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is retired from service |

2045-2049

• Major extinctions of animal and plant life |

2046

• Japan's population falls below 100 million | • The UK state pension age has risen to 70 |

2047

• "One country, two systems" is renewed in Hong Kong | • Fully autonomous, intelligent military aircraft | • Unmanned probe to 2060 Chiron |

2048-2058

• Glacier volume in the Everest region has declined by half |

2048

• The Antarctic Treaty comes up for review | • King crabs are infesting Antarctic marine ecosystems |

2049

• The Dead Sea is drying up | • The effects of heat stress on labour capacity have doubled | • The Fukushima disaster is cleaned up |

2050-2059 »