The World in 2021 will start to look beyond covid-19: to the launch of an asteroid-smashing space probe, the next step in the fight against climate change and China’s supremacy at the box office. Here are five stories to watch out for.

00:00​ - Top five stories for 2021
00:39​ - Democracy under threat
04:17​ - The electric revolution revs up
06:55​ - A chance to turn a corner on climate change
10:39​ - China v Hollywood: battle of the box offices
14:40​ - Defending the planet

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2020: the year when everything changed: https://econ.st/2Kytkyy​ 

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How would-be autocrats used covid-19 as an excuse to grab more power: https://econ.st/3qJ29l8​ 

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Electric vehicles: who will rule the Teslaverse? https://econ.st/3qK0ITG​ 

Countries should seize the moment to flatten the climate curve: https://econ.st/2JICCYY​ 

Paris-anniversary climate pledges bring progress but fall short: https://econ.st/3nxNB60​ 

The world’s energy system must be transformed completely: https://econ.st/37V83Y5​ 

Why it’s time to make coal history: https://econ.st/39YIvf9​ 

The World in 2021: the pandemic has shaken up the movie business: https://econ.st/39YGWxS​ 

Daily chart: Hollywood is losing ground in China: https://econ.st/39ZvUIs​ 

How Hollywood should deal with Chinese censors: https://econ.st/2VYlocv​ 

Why easier access to space imposes new environmental responsibilities on humanity: https://econ.st/340i8Sp​ 

A new moon race has begun: https://econ.st/3qMu7fM