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2050 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 2050
Ab urbe condita 2803
Armenian calendar 1499
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 1971–1972
 - Kali Yuga 5150–5151
Holocene calendar 12050
Igbo calendar 1050–1051
Iranian calendar 1428–1429
Islamic calendar 1472–1473
Japanese calendar Heisei 62
Javanese calendar 1984–1985
Juche calendar 139
Julian calendar Gregorian minus 13 days
Korean calendar 4383
Minguo calendar ROC 139
Nanakshahi calendar 582
Thai solar calendar 2593
Unix time 2524608000–2556143999

2050 (MML) will be a common year starting on Saturday (dominical letter B) 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]

  • In July 2008, the G7 agreed to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by half in 2050.[1]
  • In November 2006, Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, “warned of a global collapse of all species being fished, if fishing continues at its current pace.”[2]
  • In March 2006, Professor Gerry Gilmore predicted that ground-based astronomy would become impossible by this year because of pollution from aircraft exhaust trails and climate change.[3]
  • By 2050, the price of PEM fuel cell is as low as 100 Euro/KWH compared to the present value of 8000 Euro/KWH. This is because most cars work on fuel cell technology and Hydrogen gas.[4]
  • 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]
  • Due to a lower birthrate among secular parents in comparison with religious ones, the number of atheists as a percentage of the world's population will have declined from 2015. In addition, Islam will nearly have caught up with Christianity in terms of number of adherents by then.[6]
  • Under a plan announced in July 2016, New Zealand aims to eradicate all non-native rats, opossums, and weasels by this year.[7]

World population[edit]

  • 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".[8] 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.[9]
  • Another study done by the European Commission, community research stated 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]
  • It is calculated there will be 601,000 centenarians (people at least a hundred years old - born before 1950) in the United States by 2050.[10]
  • "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 the combined populations 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.
  • 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.[11]
  • Human-on-robot sex may be more common than human-on-human sex.[12]

In fiction[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.
  • In The Fairly OddParents episode "Engine Blocked", Timmy Turner's father has a predicted "expiration date" of January 10, 2050.
  • 21 emon is an adaptation of a manga written by Fujiko.F.Fujio. the series takes place in the year 2050, where space travel is a common thing and earth has become a tourist spot for aliens.
  • The Netflix series Kong: King of the Apes takes place in 2050.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2015): Frylock & Meatwad & Carl are locked in jail during this year.


Computer and video games[edit]


  • July 5, 2050 is mentioned in the lyrics of "Toothless Hawkins and his Robot Jazz Band" by Varien & Razihel.


  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://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/12/25/460797744/a-religious-forecast-for-2050-atheism-is-down-islam-is-rising
  7. ^ Ramzy, Austin (July 25, 2016). "New Zealand Vows to Wipe Out Rats and Other Invasive Predators by 2050". The New York Times. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  8. ^ "U.N. Says Four Billion Will Be Living in Hunger by 2050". The New York Times. 2001-11-08. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  9. ^ "Total Midyear Population for the World: 1950-2050". U.S. Census Bureau. 2008-12-15. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  10. ^ National Geographic, November 2011.
  11. ^ "The World at Six Billion" (PDF). United Nations. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 
  12. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/11898241/By-2050-human-on-robot-sex-will-be-more-common-than-human-on-human-sex-says-report.html

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