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The 2010s, pronounced "twenty-tens",[1] "two thousand (and) tens", or simply "the tens",[2][3][4][5] is the current decade, which began on January 1, 2010 and will end on December 31, 2019.

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Names of the decade

Among experts and the general public, there is a debate as to how specific years of the 21st century should be pronounced in English, that as of February 2010 has yet to be fully resolved.[6] Although the majority of English-speakers say "two thousand (and) X" for years of the 2000s decade, in theory this could mean any year up to 2999.

One article suggests that since former years such as 1809 and 1909 were commonly pronounced as "eighteen oh-nine" and "nineteen oh-nine", the year 2009 should naturally be pronounced as "twenty oh-nine", and that majority usage of "two thousand (and) X" is a result of influences from the Y2K hype, as well as the way "2001" was pronounced in the influential 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.[7]

The Vancouver Olympics, taking place in 2010, are being officially referred to by Vancouver 2010 as "the twenty-ten Olympics," despite the United States saying "two thousand ten" in a commercial about them,[8] plus American television broadcaster NBC's decision to avoid any pronouncement of "2010", instead saying "21st Winter Olympic Games". The London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006 has restricted the commercial use of the terms "Two Thousand and Twelve" and "Twenty Twelve", to protect the London 2012 Olympics.[9] According to a recent press release, David Crystal, author of the Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, has predicted that the change of pronunciation to "twenty X" will occur in 2011, as "twenty eleven", explaining that the way people pronounce years depends on rhythm, rather than logic. Crystal claims that the rhythm or "flow" of "two thousand (and) ten", beats that of "twenty ten", but the flow of "twenty eleven" beats "two thousand (and) eleven".[10] Alternatively, Ian Brookes, editor-in-chief of Chambers Dictionary, suggests the change will occur in 2013 (as 2012 is often referred to as "two thousand and twelve"). However, the pronunciations of 2010, 2011, etc., as "twenty ten", or "twenty eleven", requires one (two) less syllable(s) than "two thousand (and) ten", or "two thousand (and) eleven."

Suggested names for the decade other than the "twenty-tens" or "two thousand tens" include the "teenies" (reflecting the name "Noughties" for the 2000s), "tenties", "tweenies", "teens", and "twenteens".[11][12][13][14]

The 2010s are considered the second decade of the 21st century and 3rd millennium, [15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24] though technically the 21st century and 3rd millennium began in 2001.[25]

Politics and wars

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Wars

The prominent wars of the decade include

International wars

Civil wars and Guerrilla wars

  • Mexican Drug War (2006–present) - an armed conflict fought between rival drug cartels and government forces in Mexico. Although Mexican drug cartels, or drug trafficking organizations, have existed for quite some time, they have become more powerful since the demise of Colombia's Cali and Medellín cartels in the 1990s. Mexican drug cartels now dominate the wholesale illicit drug market in the United States.[27] Arrests of key cartel leaders, particularly in the Tijuana and Gulf cartels, have led to increasing drug violence as cartels fight for control of the trafficking routes into the United States.[28][29][30] Roughly more than 16,851 people in total were killed between December 2006 until November 2009.[31]
  • Civil war in Chad (2005–present) - involved Chadian government forces and several Chadian rebel groups. The Government of Chad estimated in January 2006 that 614 Chadian citizens had been killed in cross-border raids.[38] The fighting still continues despite several attempts to reach agreements.

Nuclear threats

  • Since 2005, Iran's nuclear program has become the subject of contention with the Western world due to suspicions that Iran could divert the civilian nuclear technology to a weapons program. This has led the UN Security Council to impose sanctions against Iran on select companies linked to this program, thus furthering its economic isolation on the international scene. The U.S. Director of National Intelligence said in February 2009 that Iran would not realistically be able to a get a nuclear weapon until 2013, if it chose to develop one.[39]

Political events

Disasters

Damage in downtown Port-au-Prince, 13 January 2010
  • On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hits Haiti, causing widespread destruction in Port-au-Prince. Haitian authorities currently believe that the disaster has claimed between 200,000 and 250,000 lives.[41] Over 2 million inhabitants were affected and over 3 million in need of emergency aid.
  • 2010 seen many Major Earthquake disasters so far with a total 14 Earthquakes in less than 2 1/2 months, with an average year containing a total of 25, while most years have 12 Quakes above 7.0 Magnitude, 2010 has already seen 4, nearly 1/2 an annual amount in less than a season, this suggests 2010 will be known as Earthquake Year.
  • The 2009 flu pandemic fizzles out by February 2010, and proves not nearly as dangerous as expected.[42]

Society

  • According to UN estimates, the World population is expected to reach around 7.5 billion people by the end of the decade, representing a significant slowdown in growth. In Europe and Japan, the population is projected to decline during the decade.[45]

Science and technology

Technology

Electronics and communications

Transportation

Science

Space exploration

Artist's rendering of an Orion spacecraft in lunar orbit
  • In 2010 an international team of astronomers, including two from Hertfordshire, discovered the youngest planet outside the solar system. This planet named BD+20°1790 was estimated to be "just" 35 million years old.
  • The Constellation space program is expected to begin in 2010. Under this program, the Orion is set to replace the Space Shuttle around 2014 or 2015. This is expected to follow a period of several years beginning with the scheduled retirement of the space shuttle program in 2010 in which NASA will not have an active manned spacecraft launch program.

Physics

Environment

Popular culture

Film

  • Kathryn Bigelow, became the first female to receive the best director award in Academy award history, just a day before International Women's day, Kathryn wept on stage as she received the historic award.

Music

Architecture

Sports

The opening ceremony at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

Notable sporting events to be held in the 2010s:

See also

References

  1. ^ Happy twenty-ten!
  2. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/2000/mill/dating.htm
  3. ^ 'Twenty Tens' to become nickname for next decade, survey says
  4. ^ Jones, Sam (1 January 2010). "A new decade: what's in a name?" (in English). United Kingdom: The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jan/01/new-decade-name-2010. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "New Year revellers welcome in 2010" (in English). United Kingdom: BBC News. 1 January 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8435944.stm. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "It's the end of the Noughties, we feel fine". news.com.au. October 26, 2009. http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,26249965-5019258,00.html. Retrieved October 26, 2009. 
  7. ^ Norfolk, Andrew (April 4, 2005). "Experts clash over millennium bugbear". The Times (London). http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article376957.ece. 
  8. ^ "Labels for Years? A Question for Linguists?". FieldNotes: for the Anthropology of British Columbia. 2005-07-28. http://www.anthroblog.tadmcilwraith.com/2005/07/28/labels-for-years-a-question-for-linguists/. 
  9. ^ London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006 British Crown 2006; Accessed February 22, 2007
  10. ^ Experts clash over millennium bugbearThe Times
  11. ^ Damian, Fletcher (1 January 2010). "What should we call the decade after the noughties?". Daily Mirror. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-world/2010/01/01/what-should-we-call-the-decade-after-the-noughties-115875-21934414/. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  12. ^ Atfield, Cameron (1 January 2010). "After 10 years of Noughtiness, what's next?". Brisbane Times. http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/lifestyle/after-10-years-of-noughtiness-whats-next-20091231-lku8.html. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  13. ^ ANI (2 January 2010). "Will the next decade be the tweenies, tens, or teens?". Economic Times (India). http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/et-cetera/Will-the-next-decade-be-the-tweenies-tens-or-teens/articleshow/5403321.cms. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  14. ^ Jones, Sam (1 January 2010). "A new decade: what's in a name?". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jan/01/new-decade-name-2010. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  15. ^ Sekou, Dr. Malik (5 January 2010). "2010—The Second Decade of the 21st Century Begins" (in English). US Virgin Islands: The St. Croix Source. http://stcroixsource.com/content/commentary/op-ed/2010/01/05/2010-second-decade-21st-century-begins. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  16. ^ "In New York, 21st Century’s Second Decade Opening with New Lighting Technology" (in English). United States: Energy Business Daily. 30 December 2009. http://energybusinessdaily.com/power/in-new-york-21st-centurys-second-decade-opening-with-new-lighting-technology/. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  17. ^ Klare, Michael T. (5 January 2010). "The Second Decade" (in English). United States: Mother Jones. http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/01/previewing-second-decade-2020. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  18. ^ Fernandez, Norman Gregory (1 January 2010). "New California State Laws for the Second Decade of the 21st Century" (in English). United States: USLaw.com. http://www.uslaw.com/library/Personal_Injury_Law/New_California_State_Laws_Second_Decade_21st_Century_Year_2010_think_S.php?item=680814. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  19. ^ Burroughs, Katrina. "Interiors: Noughties but nice: a decade of design" (in English). United Kingdom: The Times. http://property.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/property/interiors/article6915008.ece. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  20. ^ "2020 vision: Our team of futurologists peers into mists of time" (in English). United Kingdom: The Independent. 27 December 2009. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/2020-vision-our-team-of-futurologists-peers-into-mists-of-time-1848408.html. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  21. ^ "'Decade From Hell': Time Mag Trashes The '00s" (in English). United States: The Huffington Post. 11 December 2009. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/25/decade-from-hell-time_n_371041.html. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  22. ^ "Business Expo, Perth Concert Hall" (in English). United Kingdom: Perth and Kinross Council. http://www.pkc.gov.uk/Tourism+and+visitor+attractions/Events+and+festivals/Perth+800/Perth+800+-+Events+programme/Culture+and+heritage+events/Perth+Day+-+Business+Expo+-+Perth+800+Celebration+Concert.htm. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  23. ^ Eldon, Sir Stewart (9 October 2009). "Sir Stewart Eldon's Speech to the Atlantic Council of Ukraine on the strategic concept" (in English). United Kingdom: UK in Ukraine: Foreign and Commonwealth Office. http://ukinukraine.fco.gov.uk/en/newsroom/?view=Speech&id=21009553. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  24. ^ Mole, Chris (14 September 2009). "Speech to the International Federation of Consulting Engineers" (in English). United Kingdom: Department for Transport. http://www.dft.gov.uk/press/speechesstatements/speeches/spchfidic. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  25. ^ "The 21st Century and the 3rd Millenium When Did They Begin?" (in English). United States of America: US Naval Observatory. http://aa.usno.navy.mil/faq/docs/millennium.php. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  26. ^ Hussein's Iraq and al Qaeda not linked, Pentagon says
  27. ^ Cook, Colleen W., ed. (October 16), "Mexico's Drug Cartels" (PDF), CRS Report for Congress, Congresional Research Service, pp. 7, http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL34215.pdf, retrieved 2009-08-09 
  28. ^ "Progress in Mexico drug war is drenched in blood". Associated Press. March 10, 2009. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ilIZ5du3hOOeN7yatYIRIhFY-MJAD96RBGO00. Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  29. ^ "High U.S. cocaine cost shows drug war working: Mexico". Reuters. September 14, 2007. http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN1422771920070914. Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  30. ^ Sullivan, Mark P., ed. (December 18), "CRS Report for Congress" (PDF), Mexico - U.S. Relations: Issues for Congress, Congresional Research Service, pp. 2, 13, 14, http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL32724.pdf, retrieved 2009-04-01 
  31. ^ The attorney general's office says that 9 of 10 victims are members of organized-crime groups."Briefing: How Mexico is waging war on drug cartels.". The Christian Science Monitor. August 16, 2009. http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0819/p10s01-woam.html. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  32. ^ CNN.com
  33. ^ SATP.org
  34. ^ Yemen Accuses Iran of Meddling in its Internal Affairs
  35. ^ [1]
  36. ^ Yemeni military battles Shi'ite rebels
  37. ^ allafrica More Than 1,700 Killed in Clashes in 2009, 1 January 2010
  38. ^ "Chad wants Sudan to disarm rebels". Al Jazeera. 2006-01-12. http://english.aljazeera.net/English/archive/archive?ArchiveId=17880. 
  39. ^ http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN25158068
  40. ^ California gay marriage trial moves to a close
  41. ^ Sutton, Jane; Anthony Boadle, Pascal Fletcher (15 January 2010). "Haiti quake death toll may hit 200,000-minister". Reuters Alertnet (Reuters). http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N15143632.htm. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  42. ^ http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/Swine-Flu-National-Pandemic-Flu-Service-Is-Stood-Down-Amid-Steady-Reduction-In-Cases/Article/201002115543065?lpos=UK_News_Second_Home_Page_Article_Teaser_Region_6&lid=ARTICLE_15543065_Swine_Flu%3A_National_Pandemic_Flu_Service_Is_Stood_Down_Amid_Steady_Reduction_In_Cases_
  43. ^ Baby Boomers Hit Retirement Age
  44. ^ [2]
  45. ^ United Nations, based on 2004 figures
  46. ^ IPv4 Address Report
  47. ^ Thibodeau, Patrick (2008-06-10). "IBM breaks petaflop barrier". InfoWorld. http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/06/10/IBM_breaks_petaflop_barrier_1.html. 
  48. ^ Trinidad, Katherine; Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters , Cheryl Gundy, Ray Villard (2010-01-01). "NASA Astronaut John Grunsfeld, Instrumental to Hubble Telescope Repair, Will Help Oversee its Science Operations". NASA. http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2010/jan/HQ_01-001_Grunsfeld.html. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  49. ^ IPCC website
  50. ^ Avatar on course to sink Titanic at the box office
  51. ^ Avatar closing in on Titantic
  52. ^ 'Avatar' replaces 'Titanic' in record books

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Millennia: 3rd millennium
Centuries: 20th century - 21st century - 22nd century
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s - 2010s - 2020s 2030s 2040s
Years: 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
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The 2010s decade is a period of 10 years that began on January 1, 2010 and will end on December 31, 2019. It is the current decade and the second decade of both the 21st century and the 3rd millennium. Informally, it could also include a few years at the end of the preceding decade or the beginning of the following decade.

This decade is expected to be called the tens, the twenty-tens, or maybe even the teens.

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Pronunciation

Among experts and the general public, there is a debate as to how specific years of the 21st century should be pronounced in English. Although the majority of English-speakers say "two thousand (and) X" for any specific year post–1999, it is often suggested that the continuation of this type of pronunciation for the entire 21st century would be inappropriate or unnatural, given the alternative "twenty X" option.

Academics suggest that since former years such as 1805 and 1905 were commonly pronounced as "eighteen oh" or "nineteen oh" five, the year 2005 should naturally have been pronounced as "twenty oh-five".[1] Many experts agree that majority usage of "two thousand (and) X" is a result of influences from the Y2K hype, as well as the way "2001" was pronounced in the influential 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Some linguistic and academic experts have predicted that the "twenty X" pronunciation method will eventually prevail, but a timeframe as to when this change will occur often differs. The year 2010 is suggested by many while 2011[1] and 2013 are popular as well. The latest timeframes for change are usually placed at 2020[1] or 2100.

According to a recent press release, David Crystal, author of the Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, has predicted that the change of pronunciation to "twenty X" will occur in 2011, as "twenty eleven", explaining that the way people pronounce years depends on rhythm, rather than logic. Crystal claims that the rhythm or "flow" of "two thousand (and) ten", beats that of "twenty ten", but the flow of "twenty eleven" beats "two thousand (and) eleven".[1] Alternatively, Ian Brookes, editor-in-chief of Chambers Dictionary, suggests the change will occur in 2013. And finally, the UK Times has suggested 2020 as a final timeframe for the change, saying "If people can have “twenty-twenty” vision, then surely they should also live in the year “twenty twenty”.[1]

In addition, the Vancouver Olympics, taking place in 2010, are being officially referred to by Vancouver 2010 as "the twenty-ten Olympics". The London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006 has restricted the commercial use of the terms "Two Thousand and Twelve" and "Twenty Twelve", to protect the London 2012 Olympics.[2] Chicago 2016, which operates the official Chicago bid for the 2016 games, refers to the "twenty-sixteen games".

Some suggest that after the "twenty X" pronunciation for current and future 21st century years has taken hold, future references to early 21st century years will change accordingly from the previous "two thousand (and) X" method; thus, they say, future generations will refer to the date of the 9/11 attacks in the United States as September 11, "twenty oh-one."

Trends

In the population

  • The baby boomer generation (which "officially" includes babies born after the end of World War II in 1945 until around 1964) begins to reach the age of retirement in North America and Europe. A rapid expansion of the number of retired persons due to the aging Baby Boomers is expected to have a drastic effect on the economies of these countries. For example, in the USA, Social Security and Medicare may be under strain. This expected surge in the distribution of retirement benefits has been dubbed the pension bomb.
  • Those people born in the 1960s and 1970s will most likely be approaching positions of power by the end of the decade (late boomers plus the so-called Generation X in the United States). The Echo boom generation is expected to be out of university by decade end.
  • It is likely that by the end of the decade, only a handful, if any, veterans from World War I will have survived and only a very few from World War II. Equally, it is quite possible that the last people born in the Nineteenth Century will die during this decade.
  • Global population is likely to reach around 7.5 billion by the end of the decade, representing a significant slowdown in growth. In Europe, the population is projected to decline during the decade.[3]

In science

  • Both the International Linear Collider and ITER may be completed during the latter half of the decade.
  • Global warming is likely to continue, with global temperatures steadily rising. It is not predicted, however, that temperatures will increase by more than 1 degree Celsius before 2020.[4] Although no serious disruption is predicted, some effects of warmer global temperatures will be noticeable.[5] In 2012, the Kyoto Agreement in its current form will expire. Whatever measures come out of attempts to extend, revamp or replace the agreement will likely decide how the problem is handled on a global scale.

In technology

  • Around this time, the Hubbert peak of global oil production predicts widespread disruptions to conventional energy supplies of oil and natural gas. Some academic and business research into hydrocarbon deposits has concluded that the continued usage of this form of energy source will inevitably create widespread reductions in its supply during the 2010s, resulting in a sudden need to switch to alternative "green" energy sources such as solar, nuclear energy and wind power. Similar predictions about the "end of the age of oil" have been made almost since oil first became a major commodity, and so far no such predictions have borne out. However, Marion Hubbert's 1954 prediction that U.S. oil production would peak in 1970 proved to be accurate, so it is possible that the prediction of the same methodology applied to world oil production might well be equally accurate. See also future energy development.
  • In the year 2012, conventional CPUs are expected to reach their maximum computing potential, according to Moore's Law. Moore's Law states that roughly every 24 months the computing power of processing units will double. Reaching the maximum potential would have devastating consequences on the technological industry, and possibly the global economy. [6] It is hoped that this could open up the door for true quantum computing development, though this is likely to be advantageous only to certain programming routines. There is also the potential for breakthroughs in "3d" chip design, which would usher in a new paradigm similar to Moore's Law.
  • Many new technological developments that occur during the 2010s will likely result from the concerns of the latter half of the 2000s with global warming and high oil consumption.

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Millennium: 3rd millennium
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Years: 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

The 2010s, pronounced "twenty-tens", "two thousand (and) tens", or simply "the Tens", is the second decade of the 21st century. It began on January 1, 2010 and will end on December 31, 2019. It is the current decade.

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Things that have already happened

2010

2011

Significant political changes

Things that are supposed to happen

  • The baby-boomer generation, which is a phrase that refers to many people who were born after World War II in 1945, will be at least 65 years old, which will result in many people retiring (stop working due to old age). Many people will think this may make the government have less money than it should due to government services retired people use, such as Medicare and Social Security.
  • The world will end in 2012 (Disputed)

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