China will begin constructing its space station in 2021

The Chinese space agency is building a brand new space station, and they're going about it in a suitably impressive way: an ambitious schedule of 11 planned launches crammed into only two years.

Beverly Hills becomes the first U.S. city to end most tobacco sales

Beverly Hills has passed what experts say is the most restrictive tobacco ban in the nation, barring the sale of virtually all nicotine products and setting the stage for similar laws in other cities.

EU Parliament backs ban on single-use plastic products

The ban would be implemented from 2021 and would affect a range of plastic products that have reasonable alternatives, such as plastic cutlery, foam takeout food containers, straws and drink stirrers.

First exascale supercomputer to be built in the US

The supercomputer will be called Aurora and Intel is aiming to deliver it by 2021. Aurora will apply AI and high-performance computing to "areas such as cancer research and climate modeling.

European Parliament votes to ban single-use plastics

The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly for an European Union-wide ban on single-use plastics, such as straws, plastic cutlery and cotton buds. The ban would come into effect from 2021.

Webb Space Telescope pushed back again, won’t launch until 2021

The James Webb Space Telescope would be the most complex imaging hardware that NASA has attempted to put into space. But so far, that complexity has driven extensive delays.

Costa Rica to become the world's first decarbonized country

Costa Rica would start carrying out a plan to stop the use of fossil fuels in transportation by 2021. The country generates over 99 percent of its electricity via renewable sources.

Hawaii May Be The First State To Ban Coral Reef-Killing Sunscreens

The bill that is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2021, will specifically prohibits the sale and distribution of sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate.

XPRIZE Aims for Robot Avatars That Let You See, Hear, and Feel by 2021

The XPRIZE Foundation launches $10 million competition to build robot avatars that can be controlled from at least 100 kilometers away.

Ireland planning €22 billion injection into low-carbon economy

The Irish Government has announced plans to spend €22 billion over the next four years to aid the country’s journey to a low-carbon and climate resilient economy.

Dutch plan to build giant solar power farm

An offshore seaweed farm in the North Sea will be turned into a large solar power farm that aims to pipe energy to the Dutch mainland in roughly three years.

Hong Kong votes to end its massive ivory trade by 2021

In a historic vote, the Legislative Council of Hong Kong voted 49-4 to ban the trade of ivory by 2021.

Organic architecture: work starts on Amsterdam Valley

Construction has begun on Valley, a 75,000 sq m, green-terraced, mixed-use building located in Amsterdam’s central business district.

This test run of Hyperloop shows people can soon travel at 700 miles an hour

At about 700 miles per hour, Hyperloop One, the full-scale hyperloop that’s just been tested successfully, should be faster than air-travel. Commercial services might be launched by 2021.

Construction Begins on the Next Super Telescope

The construction of the world’s largest telescope has begun. Officials gathered to celebrate the first stone of the European Extremely Large Telescope’s (E-ELT) long-awaited construction.