What 2024 will look like, from moon missions to COP29

Year 2024 futuristic 3D render. Modern colours. WEB 3.0 colours.

AS WE close out 2023, what awaits us in 2024? As any sensible New Scientist reader knows, the division of time into years is a fairly arbitrary business, marking only that Earth has completed a full orbit around the sun (yes, OK, give or take 0.256363004 days, pipe down there at the back please). As such, many of the big stories of this year, such as the rise of artificial intelligence and the growing danger of climate change, will remain the big stories of the next.

Yet it is hard not to imbue a new year with new significance.…