Selected recent 2050-related headlines:
Within next 10 years, there will be 1 billion older people worldwide. By 2050 nearly one in five people in developing countries will be over 60. Check out this infographic by HelpAge International, an agency that helps older people lead dignified and healthy lives to see how the world demographic will change in the coming years. Delve into the latest data on ageing via the HelpAge International website.
A new lightweight soil has been designed for rooftop urban gardens. The soil is made from only natural and recycled components. Why does this matter? Well, by 2050, up to 80% of the earth’s population may reside in urban centres, so it is imperative that new ways are found to increase food production in cities,
2011 saw the first baby-boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, reach 65. Over the next 20 years, what has been called the "most numerous, most successful and luckiest generation ever" will gradually move into retirement. Indeed, most wealth is owned by the over 65s, and increasingly, most of that wealth will be owned by women (see video) - a business opportunity many organisations don't seem to have woken up to yet.
The costs associated with dementia will amount to more than 1% of the world's gross domestic product in 2010 at $604bn (£388bn), says The World Alzheimer Report.
Indeed, 106 million people worldwide may suffer from Alzheimers by 2050, but huge investments in research are expected over the next decade and some breakthroughs anticipated.
A new tool maps future industry clusters around the world, highlighting the geographical locations that will host the largest clusters in five industries: pharmaceuticals; automobile assembly; asset management; filmed entertainment and tertiary education.