As a new decade starts, here are three big stories to look out for.
I n his campaign to be reelected as U.S. president, Donald Trump has many advantages, including a strong economy and the unwavering support of white evangelical voters — a large slice of the country. And the conservative bias of the Senate map means he could win the election while losing the popular vote, just as he did in 2016.
Yet he is historically unpopular, especially among women and the young. The Democratic Party will seek to energize those voters, especially in key swing states.
Whoever wins, 2020 is a crucial year for the Paris accord to combat climate change. An international conference in December was clouded by squabbling and moved forward at a snail’s pace. Yet, a growing movement of young climate activists around the world is joining the fight, led by Swedish teen Greta Thunberg and driven by outrage that their elders are leaving them a bleak future. They face an uphill fight, including resistance from major polluting countries.
In 2020, Japan will host the next Summer Olympics and Paralympics. The events are a chance for Japan to shine on the global stage and show it has renewed its spirit after the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters in the Tohoku region. (T)