Exactly one year ago, we predicted that 2020 would be a year of climate change. January was the warmest on record since the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began its series of measurements 140 years ago. Such news lined up over the months leading up to December, when it was hailed that 2020 would be the warmest year in Europe since weather records began in the mid-19th century. become the 21st century.
Meanwhile, the number of electric cars is growing in this country and elsewhere, country after country is deciding to ban internal combustion cars in the next few decades, and in September the Chinese government affirmed its intention to become CO2 neutral by 2060, a goal the EU wants to achieve ten years earlier and for which it has presented some plans this year.
The signs were overshadowed by the worldwide Covid 19 pandemic, by the concern of each individual for their own and their descendants’ well-being, by 83 million infections worldwide and 1.8 million deaths. Instead of young people expressing concern for the planet and their future on Fridays, people protested in inner cities against restrictions and limitations made necessary by the rapid spread of the coronavirus.
In 2021, we will still be shopping with protective masks, strolling past the windows of closed stores, and sitting on public transportation; we will still be working, studying, and teaching at home; we will still be going to restaurants, movies, and theaters; we will still be caring for children; and we may still be fearing for our own lives or the lives of our loved ones.
But the end of 2020 also holds out hope that the vaccines against Covid-19 will return us to normality – whatever that may be – and we can worry about other pressing matters or simply relax. And that by the in January lining up inhabitant change in the Weiben house to Washington D.C. the official rumblings on common sense must come to an end.
We, the entire team of our site and the editors of c’t, iX, Technology Review, Mac i, c’t Digitale Fotografie, Make:, Techstage and Telepolis as well as heise Security, heise Developer and heise Autos wish you a peaceful and joyful 2021. We wish you that you do not hope in vain and that your resolutions will be fulfilled, that you will stay healthy or recover.
We will continue to follow world events in information and communications technology and beyond, and report back to you. Come into the new year unscathed and stay with us with interest and criticism. All the best!