2050

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This article is about the year 2050.
Millennium: 3rd millennium
Centuries: 20th century21st century22nd century
Decades: 2020s  2030s  2040s  – 2050s –  2060s  2070s  2080s
Years: 2047 2048 204920502051 2052 2053
2050 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 2050
MML
Ab urbe condita 2803
Armenian calendar 1499
ԹՎ ՌՆՂԹ
Assyrian calendar 6800
Bahá'í calendar 206–207
Bengali calendar 1457
Berber calendar 3000
British Regnal year N/A
Buddhist calendar 2594
Burmese calendar 1412
Byzantine calendar 7558–7559
Chinese calendar 己巳(Earth Snake)
4746 or 4686
    — to —
庚午年 (Metal Horse)
4747 or 4687
Coptic calendar 1766–1767
Discordian calendar 3216
Ethiopian calendar 2042–2043
Hebrew calendar 5810–5811
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 2106–2107
 - Shaka Samvat 1972–1973
 - Kali Yuga 5151–5152
Holocene calendar 12050
Igbo calendar 1050–1051
Iranian calendar 1428–1429
Islamic calendar 1472–1473
Japanese calendar Heisei 62
(平成62年)
Juche calendar 139
Julian calendar Gregorian minus 13 days
Korean calendar 4383
Minguo calendar ROC 139
民國139年
Thai solar calendar 2593
Unix time 2524608000–2556143999

2050 (MML) will be a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar, the 2050th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 50th year of the 3rd millennium, the 50th year of the 21st century, and the 1st year of the 2050s decade.

Predicted and scheduled events[edit]

  • Arnulf Jaeger-Walden of the European commission's Institute for Energy believes that solar power from North Africa can provide 100 GW to the entire continent of Europe.[5]

World population[edit]

  • The United Nations believes the world population will cross the 9 billion mark in this year.[6]
  • In November 2001, the United Nations Population Fund reported that the world population is projected to be 9.3 billion in 2050 from 6.1 billion then with most of the increase in developing countries even as the population of industrialized countries will "remain stable".[7] This figure was revised to 9.1 billion in 2005 and 9.2 billion in 2007. In 2008, the United States Census Bureau projected a world population of 9.5 billion.[8]
  • Another study done by the European Commission, community research said that the world population is expected to grow at a decreasing rate to 8.9 billions in 2050 and after 2030, the population in several countries including those in Europe and China will decrease. Stabilization in the population will happen in the second half of the century.[4]
  • In the rich industrialized countries, with the exception of the United States where immigrants enjoy a rise in population, generation replacement is no longer assured.
  • It is calculated there will be 601,000 centenarians (people at least a hundred years old - born before 1950) in the USA by 2050.[9]
  • "The population continues to grow but at a slower pace", summarizes the demographer Thomas Buettner, author of UN report on "World population projections (1950-2050)", presented Thursday, February 24, 2005. According to this study, 9.075 billion people will inhabit Earth in 2050, against 7 billion today.
  • This increase amounts to adding to the current world population combined populations of  People's Republic of China and  India, stresses the population division of the United Nations.
  • The general trend is, however, a slowdown in population growth compared to gains of twenty to fifty years, this tends to confirm a gradual stabilization of the overall population.
  • By 2050, India will overtake People's Republic of China to top the list of the most populous countries, and these two countries represent about 50% of world population (as against 37% today).
  • Not surprisingly, population growth will be highest in poor countries already struggling to provide food security for its people. "Births planning and fertility decline explain this difference", stresses the UN report.
  • The United Nations predicts that 2 out of every 9 people in the world will be 60 years or older. World life expectancy at birth is also expected to exceed 76 years.[10]

In fiction[edit]

Literature[edit]

  • "Enderverse" series by Orson Scott Card: English will develop a new variant that is called Common, spoken across the world

Television[edit]

  • Immortal Grand Prix (2005): The second season takes place during the middle of this year.
  • The start of events in the UK situation comedy Come Back Mrs. Noah.
  • Children's television series Silversun starts on its 90-year journey to a livable planet 45 light years from Earth.
  • The animated series The Powerpuff Girls episode, "Speed Demon", is set in 2050. A race home from school finds the girls breaking the speed of light and traveling to an alternate future, where the day they had traveled to the future meant they disappeared from history, leaving the world for 50 years with their absence, as well as everything and everyone in the clutches of their most evil enemy—Him.

Film[edit]

Computer and video games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kuhn, Anthony (2008-07-08). "G-8 pledges to halve emissions by 2050". NPR. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  2. ^ Kanter, James (2007-10-26). "U.N. Warns of Rapid Decay of Environment". New York Times. 
  3. ^ "Telescopes 'worthless' by 2050". BBC News. 2006-03-02. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  4. ^ a b "Microsoft Word - WETO-H2 report-final.doc" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  5. ^ Alok Jha (July 22, 2008). "Saharan sun to power European supergrid". London: guardian.co.uk. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ http://edition.cnn.com/2011/US/05/03/united.nations.population.forecast/
  7. ^ "U.N. Says Four Billion Will Be Living in Hunger by 2050". The New York Times. 2001-11-08. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  8. ^ "Total Midyear Population for the World: 1950-2050". U.S. Census Bureau. 2008-12-15. Archived from the original on 29 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  9. ^ National Geographic, November 2011.
  10. ^ "The World at Six Billion". United Nations. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 

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