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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The World in 2021: the pandemic has shaken up the movie business:​ 

Daily chart: Hollywood is losing ground in China:​ 

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Why easier access to space imposes new environmental responsibilities on humanity:​ 

A new moon race has begun: