2050 (MML) will be a common year starting on Saturday 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.

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 calendar2050
Ab urbe condita2803
Armenian calendar1499
Assyrian calendar6800
Bahá'í calendar206–207
Balinese saka calendar1971–1972
Bengali calendar1457
Berber calendar3000
British Regnal yearN/A
Buddhist calendar2594
Burmese calendar1412
Byzantine calendar7558–7559
Chinese calendar己巳(Earth Snake)
4746 or 4686
    — to —
庚午年 (Metal Horse)
4747 or 4687
Coptic calendar1766–1767
Discordian calendar3216
Ethiopian calendar2042–2043
Hebrew calendar5810–5811
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat2106–2107
 - Shaka Samvat1971–1972
 - Kali Yuga5150–5151
Holocene calendar12050
Igbo calendar1050–1051
Iranian calendar1428–1429
Islamic calendar1472–1473
Japanese calendarReiwa 32
Javanese calendar1984–1985
Juche calendar139
Julian calendarGregorian minus 13 days
Korean calendar4383
Minguo calendarROC 139
Nanakshahi calendar582
Thai solar calendar2593
Tibetan calendar阴土蛇年
(female Earth-Snake)
2176 or 1795 or 1023
    — to —
(male Iron-Horse)
2177 or 1796 or 1024
Unix time2524608000 – 2556143999

Predicted and scheduled events


World population

  • 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".[15] 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.[16]
  • 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 billion in 2050 and after 2030, the population in several countries including Europe and China will decrease. Stabilization in the population will happen in the second half of the century.[8]
  • 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.[17]
  • "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.[18]

In fiction





  • 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.

Computer and video games



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  2. Kanter, James (2007-10-26). "U.N. Warns of Rapid Decay of Environment". New York Times.
  3. Choi, Charles (2007-10-15). "Forecast: Sex and Marriage With Robots by 2050". Fox News. Archived from the original on 15 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
  4. Townsend, Mark (2002-07-07). "Earth 'will expire by 2050'". London: The Observer. Archived from the original on 18 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
  5. McGrath, Matt (30 September 2012). "Climate change 'may shrink fish'". BBC News.
  6. Pauly, Daniel; Watson, Reg; Palomares, M. L. Deng; Vicky W. Y. Lam; Frölicher, Thomas L.; Dunne, John; Sarmiento, Jorge L.; Cheung, William W. L. (1 March 2013). "Shrinking of fishes exacerbates impacts of global ocean changes on marine ecosystems". Nature Climate Change. 3 (3): 254–258. doi:10.1038/nclimate1691 – via www.nature.com.
  7. "Telescopes 'worthless' by 2050". BBC News. 2006-03-02. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
  8. 8.0 8.1 ftp://ftp.cordis.europa.eu/pub/fp7/energy/docs/weto-h2_en.pdf[permanent dead link]
  9. "Study: Alzheimer's could infect 16M by 2050". USA Today. 2002-07-23. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
  10. Sanderson, David (2007-06-11). "Alzheimer's cases around the world to quadruple by 2050". London: Times Online. Archived from the original on 30 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
  11. Alok Jha (July 22, 2008). "Saharan sun to power European supergrid". London: guardian.co.uk. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
  12. "BRIC thesis Goldman Sachs Investment Bank, "BRIC". pg. 9".
  13. Rebecca Boyle (2012-02-23). "Japanese Construction Company Plans Space Elevator By 2050". Australian Popular Science. Archived from the original on 2019-09-18. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
  14. Jones, Greg (28 June 2012). "Welsh recycling rates hit 48%" – via www.theguardian.com.
  15. "U.N. Says Four Billion Will Be Living in Hunger by 2050". The New York Times. 2001-11-08. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
  16. "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.
  17. National Geographic, November 2011.
  18. "The World at Six Billion" (PDF). United Nations. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 6, 2010. Retrieved January 6, 2010.

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