What’s going to happen in 2010?

In a couple of weeks on Newshour we’ll be looking ahead to some of the likely big stories of next year. So, gazing into your crystal ball – what do you think is going to happen in 2010? Will the economy recover ? Do you expect to be better or worse off ? Will the world take action against climate change? What next for Iraq and Afghanistan?

Tell us what you’re looking forward to in the year ahead – personally, politically, internationally – and we’ll feed it into our discussion.

49 Responses to “What’s going to happen in 2010?”

  1. 1 patti in cape coral
    December 18, 2009 at 20:48

    This reminds me of the Greek myth when Prometheus made us we had the gift of foresight, so we were always unhappy because we could see the poverty, illness, and misery that the future would bring us. So he finally took away the gift of foresight and we were much happier and hopeful about the future, not knowing what was to come. In keeping with that, I am foolishly optimistic about 2010 and hope for all the people of the world, peace, love, a roof over their heads, money to spend, three meals a day, healthy bowels, a decent sex life, and much happiness.

  2. 2 Tom K in Mpls
    December 18, 2009 at 21:39

    The one and only thing I really ever liked from the band U2, ‘nothing changes, on new years day’.

    Then of course, I will renew last years resolution, from about 20 years ago, to never make any other new years resolution!

  3. 3 vijay pillai
    December 18, 2009 at 22:48

    There would be increase of tax and additional green tax in uk to give away billions to developing nations and after a decade there would not be noticable decrease in co2 since countries like china and india would incease their emmission per capita since they have about 2.5 billion population and any noticable reduction from west would not be enough to reduce the climate change threat to be decelerated as expected.

  4. 4 Dave U.S.A.
    December 18, 2009 at 23:37

    I feel in 2010 the world will spin out of control and the earth’s green hose gasses will get so bad the earth’s temp. will average 20 degrees hotter and we will all have to run around naked just to try to stay cool and……………..naw i’m just messing with you everything is going to be excellent. i dont believe in any of that crap, oh and if washington does sign any worthless agreement to tax us more, lets burn it down, we ne longer need it anymore……

  5. 5 Mohammed Ali
    December 19, 2009 at 02:22

    It is difficult to predict what’s going to happen even the next day, but I am certain that 2010 will be another difficult year for coalition forces in Afghanistan. Insurgents will continue to kill innocent people in Iraq, terrorists will continuously threaten the security of mainly the western world, China will be no where near democracy, the rich nations will continue emmission of greenhouse gas at the detriment of poorer nations and the list goes on. As for the economy, I don’t know what will happen to the rich nations. For us in poor nations, we have been in economic crises from the beginning of time and therefore economic crises are nothing strange to us.

  6. 6 Gary Paudler
    December 19, 2009 at 03:16

    2010 might be the year that people finally make themselves heard. Something has to happen for the politicians to be reminded whom they represent. There are a lot of people gleefully imagining that they know what it will look like when the (manure) hits the fan and while I desperately hope that disappointment in our leaders doesn’t translate into violence, I don’t see a lot of evidence of neighbors pulling together with kindness and generosity. The whole notion of an economic “recovery” will have to be redefined as I think it will be a long time, if ever, before we’re back to where we were with perceived prosperity based on debt and the profligate over-consumption to which we grew so accustomed. There won’t be enough jobs to go around, energy will become very expensive and will affect everything else. I know people who are stockpiling guns, drugs and cash and more responsible people who are learning to grow their own food and live with less of everything. An excellent series for the new year would be an exploration of the varied ways in which people are preparing themselves for a new normal.

  7. 7 Tan Boon Tee
    December 19, 2009 at 04:48

    Economically, 2008 was the year of bad bashing, and 2009 has been the year of struggling revival (albeit very slow for most nations). If a simple extrapolation is anything to go by, 2010 will be a better year for all, even though the world economy may not or never recover fully.

    Politically, the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan could linger on in 2010, and Pakistan may have no choice but to get sucked in the war whirlpool deeper.

    As for my new year wish, I have to repeat what I said many times before:

    Let there be global peace and harmony, let them prevail, ALWAYS.

  8. 8 James Ian
    December 19, 2009 at 07:53

    I had a dream lastnight that we, the U.S; got attacted by all the muslim states. No one survived It was a horable nightmare. What ever happens I hope it’s not that!

  9. 9 Wepukhulu Emmanuel
    December 19, 2009 at 08:40

    The world is really under threat.We have witnessed this in 2009.If nothing is done,then the worst is yet to come.Every individual is responsible for finding ways in which we can stop global warming.According to me,2010 will seem to have more temperatures than 2009.Discussions are still being held but they have not come to a conclusion yet.Global warming is timeless .It keeps on advancing and i really feel the warmth that will fill the globe in 2010.

  10. 10 Jane de Vries
    December 19, 2009 at 08:58

    As regards the climate problem.
    It is obvious that if the populaion of our planet continues to increase, WE will be the cause of our planet and the Nature on it that provides our food, being destroyed, (A typical e.g. is the depletion of our fish). Until people start being realistic and honest and the so called ‘Experts’ face this problem, we are doomed. Education must be directed at children worldwide, from as early an age as possible, to demonstrate why they, as responsible future citizens of the world, need to restrict how many children they have and to honestly respect nature. WHY DID THE CONFERENCE NOT TOUCH ON THIS SUBJECT??

  11. 11 Roberto
    December 19, 2009 at 09:42

    RE “”Tell us what you’re looking forward to in the year ahead””

    ———— Not looking forward to it, but I expect more political/economic gruel ahead.

    Except everything to be rosy on Wall Street and the DC Beltway inner circle. No matter the bad news, they don’t have to worry about common everyday problems like their next meal, how to scrap up the utility payments, how to hang on by a thread long enough to find a credible job.

    The globalists have run the world aground, yet still remain in power enough to exploit the biggest natural resource of all, people who were properly fatted during the economic boom and are now ready for market.

    I mainly hope and pray for Obama to make it through 4 of the toughest years projected during my days on this planet. There will not be any credible solution to terrorism, global warming and the economic problems because democracies are currently in crisis with no informed consensus in how to choose the leadership that runs the ships of state.

  12. 12 Awa Capitol
    December 19, 2009 at 11:24

    Somethings in life just can’t be changed, talking about the world economic crises, we can see in the bible it is stated there of, many disasters, wars, economic crisis as such and so on. That certainly just cant be changed, however any country should try within its own powers to see how to regulate this problem of economic crisis but they cant be stopped completely.
    Also, about the chaos of Irag and Afghanistan, i see these countries as the descendants of Ismael, the first son of Abraham, and these countries show us proof of what Jesus says in the bible as the signs of the end time. These are just facts and understanding and believing them will really guide us away from more of these problems we are facing today.
    Talking about climate change, the conference held in Copenhagen was a bold step to prevent climate change and i am optimistic that every world’s leader will do his or her possible to prevent it nationally, but never the less mindful of the words in the bible am afraid spending extravagantly on this subject will be a waste of a country’s resources. Thank you

  13. 13 JEGGI Simon
    December 19, 2009 at 12:06

    It is rather unfortunate that US and other major polluters of the world have left us in the dark by not adequately and legally agreeing on how to cut the greehouse gas emission. This goes on to say that our future will be bleak and that will continue to endanger our planet an our health. This is totally sad and unacceptable.

  14. December 19, 2009 at 12:17

    It is pretty easy to guess what is to happen next year: more war and bloodshed (unfortunately).

  15. 15 Abdi in Kenya
    December 19, 2009 at 17:00

    I am really looking forward to the World Cup in South Africa!….because it is the moment I have been waiting for.I do really hope to meet the BBC’s WHYS team in South Africa in the fast two weeks of the global tornament!..

  16. 16 T
    December 19, 2009 at 17:11

    Lots of predictions will be made about 2010 by various “pundits.” Some are well-known and very well-paid. Others are not so well known and paid. But one of these people will get their own syndicated radio talk show.

    More coming soon…..

  17. 17 mat hendriks
    December 19, 2009 at 19:18

    Maybe the economy recover.

    But peace will never come,
    just as nature, as it was- for about a century-.

    Economy maybe,
    Creation” impossible”.

    I wish all of you, some pretty days.

  18. 18 Peter Evans
    December 19, 2009 at 19:44

    My predictions for 2010:
    1. The government will tell us the economy is recovering yet still we will be losing jobs.
    2. The government will tell us the planet is warming, but we will see more snowfall
    3. The government will try to implement more nanny state laws to tax us and control our lives
    4. The BNP will get a few MPs in the next election, and in the true spirit of democracy the UAF will riot in the streets
    5. The EU state will have more control in our lives and people will become more bitter.
    6. There will mass exodus of indigenous peoples to other countries and yet the population will continue to grow through uncontrolled immigration….and if people notice this they will be branded racists
    7. The rest of the world will laugh when someone tells them our country used to be called GREAT Britain

  19. 19 T
    December 19, 2009 at 20:08

    These just in:

    Everyone who bought the Burlesconi bobbing head dolls (w/the bloody nose and broken teeth) won’t be able to get rid of them anywhere.

    The latest derivitive market will be in having a go at Gordon Brown.

    Jonathan Ross will take a pay cut. And nobody will care.

    Finally somebody will say no to a Simon Cowell reality show pitch.

    And finally, David Cameron and the Tories will win the next election. The next day, millions of voters will wake up and say, what have I done?

  20. 20 T
    December 19, 2009 at 20:19

    The States, China and other countries will be fighting over the carbon trading market. The subprime derivitive market was worth trillions. Now imagine an even bigger global market. Already many bailed out corporations are selling these.

    And how many times was this mentioned in Copenhagen coverage?

  21. December 19, 2009 at 21:07

    Sadly, nothing will change very much. The political back and forth will go on. War at every turn will continue to kill innocents, more children will starve and be abused, many in the US will ignore all of it. I try to hold on to hope, but alas, with the greed of “leaders” the world over, certainly including the US, it is hard for me to hold on to any positive.

  22. 22 steve
    December 19, 2009 at 21:23

    We’re expecting our worst winter since 2003 here in the DC area. We’re currently having a blizzard, over a foot of snow so far, and it’s not even Winter yet!

  23. December 19, 2009 at 23:17

    ‘what kills a man begins like an appetite’ please no matter the number of conferrences or meetings,all we need is some measures to reduce misery in the World especially AFRICA.2010…i don’t konw but i pray for something better.

  24. 25 rick
    December 20, 2009 at 06:59

    well, I’m pretty pessimistic actually. At the beginning of 2009….
    I hoped Obama would wind down Bush’s wars
    I had hope for peace in the middle east to move forward.
    I hoped the world would come to grips with global warming.
    I dared to hope for change and there is little to talk about.

    2010 looks to be business as usual, more of the same death and destruction and lies and corruption. I guess I’m getting jaded in my old age. No wonder so many of us are grumpy.

  25. 26 scmehta
    December 20, 2009 at 08:05

    All our good hopes will start to realize in the year 2010. It is my prayer as well as a firm belief.

  26. 27 A R Shams
    December 20, 2009 at 14:44

    The world seems developing its moral attitude towards ‘live and let live’ through its some of the positive activitivies such as, global ‘climate change’, no initiation of fresh war and so on in 2010 and onward.

  27. December 20, 2009 at 17:10

    Money talks hypocrisy walks.

  28. December 20, 2009 at 23:29

    What’s going to happen in 2010?

    If we listen to most pundits we’re going to have a change of Government!?

    If we listen to some, our “problems” are all the present Governments!?

    If we listen to others it’s a Global problem!?

    Does anybody really know who’s problem it is?!

    It strikes me that even the “pundits” don’t really know much about anything, if they did, then why don’t they put it all right!!!???

    December 20, 2009 at 23:44

    MY opinion for the future, the world is more population and their lives must be careful the worst air

  30. 31 Kiwi
    December 21, 2009 at 09:15

    Some extreme wars will be breaking out in the middle east, Iraq and Afganistan will look like nothing compared to what is building up. The U.S. is arming all the Sunnis and running puppet dictators and now Obama is bombing Yemen? Testing agaisnt techinicaly impossible missle attacks from Iran? Some very strange things are going to start happening and all in the name of getting that 100 man strong ‘terror cell’ Al Qaeda.

    2010 is the year Obama will be bringing peace to your country down the barrel of a gun.

  31. 32 Ibrahim in UK
    December 21, 2009 at 12:04

    The people of the world have endured a decade of war, terror, fear, hatred and division. 2010 will bring more of the same only that people will find it more acceptable and normal. Even giant pyramid UFOs visiting us from out of space will go largely unnoticed…

  32. 33 Ronald Almeida
    December 21, 2009 at 14:57

    One thing is for sure. No more will the west be able to exploit and take advantage of the rest of the world. Slowly but surely they will be forced to pay the price they have avoided for ages. For no more is the rest of the world as gullible or trusting.

  33. December 21, 2009 at 15:35

    What I would dearly love to see come out of 2010,is 2011.

  34. 35 Peter Gizzi UK
    December 21, 2009 at 15:36

    We’ll get more of the same with a different name. The rich will get richer, the poor poorer. We are also moving ever closer to civil war in Europe as EU Leaders no longer listen to “The People” We find ourselves in a dictatorship ruled from Brussels by an unelected elite.

  35. 36 Tom K in Mpls
    December 21, 2009 at 17:00

    Okay. many people are posting unrealistic dreams. I guess I will:

    One side in the Israel/Palestine affair will admit to being intractable and actually compromise.

    People will realize politicians/big government is an endless and unproductive money pit and act by themselves, for themselves.

    Nations that have not even tried to develop will quit begging for more money by supporting every scam they see.

    Consumers will realize more can cause more problems than it solves.

    All religions will realize others have a right to exist.

  36. 37 Josiah Soap
    December 21, 2009 at 19:34

    My hope is that someone in 2010 will make a big headway in the fight against political correctness. Maybe then we can talk about pressing issues truthfully, without being called ist or phobe names and something real will get done.

  37. 39 t
    December 21, 2009 at 23:27

    More people will become frustrated with the MSM lock on information. Then, they’ll develop their own channels to get out what needs to be heard.

    As great as WHYS is, I disagree when you say we’re only talking about what everybody else is. Does that mean if my posts about Obama needing to be impeached for not doing his job top the search engines, you’d give them coverage? Frankly I’d be amazed if you did.

  38. 40 roy dibden
    December 22, 2009 at 01:01

    I would just like politicians to tell folks that the era of living on borrowed money is over.having less does not mean that you are unhappier

    December 22, 2009 at 17:24

    The world will become somhow united given the gains made by information highways that has enabled ordinary people to continue seeing through lies and propaganda.
    A case in point is the climate debate that has just been concluded that united our common understanding.
    Europeans are going to incleasingly assert their own identity and domestic politics in America will go into overdrive. Africa will continue to be net food importers due to vagaries of nature though crossborder conflicts will be minimized. The biggest threats here will be in form of armed civil militias.
    Globally, there is likely to be less wars because no one has profited from them though a few bafoons will take us through that road. poverty is going to rear its ugly head due to misguided notions and ignorance by people in power. Finally, I think the now near moribund UN is likely to be revamped and may include a few more top players.

  40. 42 t
    December 22, 2009 at 20:42

    After getting tired of calls from Simon Cowell, BBC management will finally give in and produce a series based on my idea: Holiday Problems of the Rich and Famous.

    The concept: despite having money, fame and more, celebs still have problems like the rest of us during the holidays.

    What does Bono do when they run out of Guinness?
    Where does Mick Jagger get his turkey at Thanksgiving?

    Silly and pointless ideas to some. But to others, a potential goldmine. Maybe.

  41. 43 t
    December 22, 2009 at 20:46

    In 2010, I’d like an answer to the question, will we reach the “Great Tipping Point.”?

    On a basic level, you could ask it this way. Just how much will people take before they say this DOES personally affect me. So apathy is no longer an option?

  42. 44 underwater
    December 23, 2009 at 14:05

    well, it’s time to face the truth and that is what 2010 brings i guess. This world sucks and it’s time to leave our – pathetic – selves behind and change ways. I think light shall come after darkness but now we are still in the tunel and surprise (!) we have a long way to cover till the end of it. Now for those that we try hard to keep things as they are…I am afraid you’re gonna have hard times “fellows”. You had enough. This world belongs to EVERYONE and NOONE.

  43. 45 tariq sindhi pakistan
    December 29, 2009 at 18:58

    the drug smugglers must be hang otherwise they will hang whole the generation in the dark valley of drug addiction point is clear if these smugglers murdering the new generation slowly then why we are hesitating while giving them an punishment of death.

  44. January 1, 2010 at 00:19

    Well i dont really belive anything big will happen i mean this summer was really bad i mean we lost THEE best evry entertainer, preformer and singer all in one go of corse im talking about michael jackson! so im thinking that 2010 cant get much worse then this year 2009, but if someone just as good as michael (because nobdy is better) then mabye we might find a new guy to love, but thats about it…

  45. 47 sara batin
    January 1, 2010 at 16:37

    please god make this world one of peace let your children hold hands in friendsship and love let the world and its forests be green again and its children open their eyes to your beautiful earth;let the eagles fly over snowcapped mountains;let your little children run and play without fear ; let them see a world that you meant it to be; unless we dddo and start forgiving one another the world will go dark and your light will go out; make the skies blue again and the stars shine without polution to hide them please god bring peace to this weiry world and your love in mends hearts ; god bless your beautiful world make it beautiful for us your children—- sara

  46. 48 Wepukhulu Emmanuel
    January 1, 2010 at 18:56

    The year has started with happiness and as far as i i can see,it seems many people will enjoy it.
    God is going to show his power by delivering us from this threat of global warming.
    People should not get scared about that.It’s a by pass.

    Yours Truly

  47. 49 A R Shams
    January 6, 2010 at 17:31

    In 2010 Dubai will declare its tallest building of the world despite economical crisis in most of the world countries.

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