No-one could have predicted the events of 2008, but The Economist's predictions for next year (the world in 2009), got me thinking: what will be the big stories next year? And beyond that, what are the most important stories to me that will be taking place in the coming 12 months?
For me, the biggest story will be taking place almost twelve months from now, in Copenhagen.
The UN's conference on climate change is widely regarded as the last chance for a global deal to be struck, this time with the US and China (hopefully), committing to emissions reductions. Failure to strike such a deal would amount to, as Emma Duncan at The Economist puts it, "mankind giv[ing] up on trying to save the planet". This is the sequel to the infamous Kyoto Protocol, and my thoughts will be in Copenhagen for a good part of the coming year.
Obviously there's the advent of the Obama presidency, maybe a change of
government here in the UK, and an undoubtedly gloomy economic outlook
for at least a good part of the year. But what else is there? Anyone backing Murray for a Wimbledon win? Or betting on a Brown second term? It could happen, if this year's anything to go by. Who'd have predicted Palin this time last year? Or the credit crunch? Who knows what the lip-stick-wearing pig of 2009 will be.
What do you think, guys, Cheryl Cole for Prime Minister?
What are your big stories for the year?