The message from the Zhejiang Torch Center in Hangzhou was completely serious-part of a multiyear, multi-prong effort by the Communist Party of China to transfer human talent and top technology to fuel its China Dream of global preeminence by 2049, the 100th anniversary of the Communist revolution.
There are rumors that Mercedes-Benz plans to retire manuals entirely by the end of 2023, all around the world, in a decision driven partly by electrification; Volkswagen is said to be dropping its own by 2030, and other brands are sure to follow.
Decarbonisation of global energy and transport systems will be highly minerals and metals intensive, with another 17-millon tonnes of copper needed by 2040 to facilitate the energy transition in key sectors.
When DBS pledged to exit coal by 2039 last year, it became the first Singapore-based lender to commit to a timeline for its shift away from the fossil fuel, which is the world's largest source of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.
The European Extremely Large Telescope is supposed to be operational by the end of this decade, and because it should discover planets comparable to Earth orbiting other stars, it will revolutionize astronomy.