So the year that was the focus of so many prophetic visions for a bright future is actually here now and in the cold hard light of reality it looks a lot bleaker than expected. I've taken this underwhelming occasion as an excuse to write about predictions for the next stages of our future, and about the future after humans stop messing up the planet.
My feature is out now in the first issue of Current Biology:
Life after the Anthropocene
Current Biology Volume 30, Issue 1, 6 January 2020, Pages R1-R3
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Life on Earth is likely to persist and reclaim its space after human civilisations disappear. (Photo: Gayle Karen/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).)